Todd Merrill Studio is pleased to present the works of artist Maximilian Magnus. Maximilian Felix Magnus Schmidbauer (Maximilian Magnus) was born in the Bavarian countryside in 1984 to an accomplished family of scenic painters, sculptors and actors. Magnus trained as a set painter in Baden – Baden, Germany between 2004 and 2007 and received an influential scholarship to travel and work at Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center, NY, USA in 2007.
Upon his return to Germany, he took over his father’s prestigious business and founded the Academy of Scenic Painting & Arts, as well as the Children Arts Academy, where creative workshops for children of different social and ethnic backgrounds are held. He continued to work at the Watermill Center for fiveconsecutive summers giving workshops to international artists and participating in the summer program himself.
In 2009 Magnus was invited as the first artist in residence at Willem de Kooning’s Studio, where he also met and started working with Lisa de Kooning in order to firmly establish the AIR program.
During 2008/2009 his background as a set painter led him to work for amongst others Rufus Wainwright, Norah Jones and Andrey Bartenev creating visual design for both installations and events.
His latest moves in 2014 and 2015 brought him to Sao Paulo, where he stayed for several months upon invitation to the AIR program at Tofiq House. The palpable inequalities and gaping chasm between rich and poor that is so very present in Brazil inspired the artist to found and develop the movement Move the World, a carefully composed series of workshops in various cities and countries bringing together famous musicians and children from especially deprived social backgrounds.
Magnus’ work has been exhibited widely and internationally including at Biennale of Young Art, Moscow, 2010/ Musaramix Festival, Jerusalem, 2013/ Thresholds, Trafo, Stettin, Poland, 2013/ I’mpossible, CU1 Gallery Miami, Miami Art Basel, 2013/1 a Coletiva Experimenta, Galeria Lume, Sao Paulo, 2014/ Macrocosmi/ Patterns of a new Order, Berlin Art Week, Berlin, 2015.