Max Kauffman

b 1981

I have lived in Denver for the better part of 15 years except for a period of time I was in Oakland from 2012-2016. While the better part of my career has been playing out in the West, I’m a Midwest guy at heart, having spent my early childhood years in Chicago and then most of my more formative young adult years in South Bend, IN.

As a kid, moving from the city to the rural Midwest, I was immediately drawn to nature, the deep woods, the wetlands. As I got older, my interests grew to include skateboarding and live music.

My early style of painting was heavily influenced by music and its undefinability. Music conveys a mood, but you cannot hold it in your hand. You can’t point to it. I explored this fluidity with my art. To this day, improvisation and the idea of worlds within worlds dictates a number of my pieces.

Architecture factors heavily into my work. As a way to tell a story but also as the basis of things- the walls we form in our minds, the memory of a magic place from childhood, and to look at heritage. Using a mental and emotional map of events, objects and places I create images to the best of my recollection. They appear more as patterns than a concrete thing.

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Press

Vice

Juxtapoz

Hi Fructose

Its Nice That

Booooooom

Client List

303 skateboards, 72 and Sunny, Arbor Collective, Atlas Edibles, Denver Kush Club, Fat Tire, Motive, Mountain Dew, Nike, Ninedot Arts, PG&E, Portland Mercury, Redstar Merchandise, Sony, and The Very Warm

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