fine art projects   |   painting, mixed media & photography

“… 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

Art fairs

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