“If the world were clear, art would not exist.” (Albert Camus)
Max Mensa is born in Syracuse, Sicily, in 1978.
He begins his artistic journey at the school of arts in Syracuse. He develops a passion for painting very early on and focuses right away on abstract art. His early works are abstract watercolours but soon he begins to experiment with acrylics, paint spatula, palette knives and diverse forms of gesture on bigger canvases. This way, he develops step by step and auto-didactically his technique.
Max Mensa paints in a dimension of free unconsciousness. His works appear as a wild layering and intertwining of lines and colours without any rational organisation but with great emotional involvement. By way of working on big canvases that provide freedom and space for his gesture and expressiveness, he develops moving and enigmatic images, that provoke a short circuit between reality and imagination, between certainty and doubt.
For the artist, every painting is an arena of research into the world between reality and imagination, where abstract and figurative become one. To get there requires the will to overcome the chaos and start a mental journey into the substance of the painting.
Max Mensa paints, lives, exhibits and sells his paintings both in Italy and Germany.