“… I work on images from contemporary media: social networks, ‘memes’, advertising, comic books and tv shows that somehow change our visual perception, thus creating a new iconography in my works”
Lives and works in Paris
Max was first influenced by the gestural abstraction of Wega Nery, his grandmother and renowned painter in Brazil.
Later, through his 15 years of professional experience as a professional photographer and photo editor for weekly news magazine ISTOÉ, in São Paulo. This professional experience includes trips to photograph all states of Brazil, Amazon, Venezuela, United States, Japan, Mexico, the elections in Brazil, social issues, Paralympic Games and he continues his atelier’s work.
In 2014 he moves to Paris for a master in the Sorbonne University.
Shortlisted for the very competitive, biennial “The Marmite Prize for Painting” in London, and honorable mention in the Paraty Prize for contemporary art, Rio de Janeiro.
After a MFA master’s degree at Panthéon-Sorbonne University in Fine arts, Max is enrolled in doctoral studies at Panthéon-Sorbonne University, Paris 1.
Selected group exhibitions
2020 Pop Up! Max Gomes | Al. Cleveland 707, São Paulo, Brazil
2017 Max Gomes & Céline Wong | Untitled factory gallery, Paris
2016 The Marmite Prize for Painting | Block 336 gallery, Brixton Rd, London
2013 Paraty Contemporary Art Prize | (honorable mention) Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2013 (e)merge art fair | Capitol Skyline Hotel, Washington DC, US
2010 Coletiva | Galeria Garcia, São Paulo, Brazil
2007 Centro Cultural São Paulo CCSP, São Paulo, Brazil
2005 Primeira Coletiva | Atelier do Centro RES, São Paulo, Brazil
2012 The Other Art Fair | P3 Marylebone, London.
2011 Berliner Liste | TRAFO Köpenicker Straße Mitte, Berlin.
PHD Doctoral studies, Panthéon Sorbonne University, Paris 1
MFA Fine Art Panthéon Sorbonne University, Paris 1 France 2016-2018
BA Fine Art Panthéon Sorbonne University, France 2014-2016
École du Louvre Musée du Louvre | cours d’été, Paris, France 2010
ICP-NY International Center for Photography, New York, USA 2009
BA Arch. Architecture and Urbanism College, University of São Paulo FAU-USP 1988 – 2001
2016 The 5th Marmite Prize for Painting Susak Press
2011 Alzugaray, Paula: “Um brasileiro na Berliner Liste”, ISTOÉ Magazine, Ed. 2183, p. 111
USP Canton, Kátia: “Visualidade Nascente” catalogue, Centro Universitário Maria Antonia, São Paulo.
Leigh Conner and Jamie Smith, Washington DC. Robert and Cortney Novogratz, New York. Peter Hahn, Berlin. Paula Zemel, SP