Max-o-matic is a very talented designer, who came loves Photoshop but came across collage while stuck without a computer for a while! And regardless of the circumstances, aren't you glad he experimented? The taped up style he uses reminds me of Carmen Burguess' collage characters, but it a more design-y kind of way. His minimalistic digital collages are excellent too, but I'm secretly hoping for another computer breakdown so he can churn out some more great handmade collage work!
Name (Real or Screename): Max-o-matic
URL (Blog, Website): www.maxomatic.net
Location (Where are you from?): Barcelona, Spain
Q: Describe your work in 10 words or less.
A: Complete control of chaos.
Q: What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!
A: I don't have any space to store old magazines. So: internet (everything's there) + Adobe CS3.
Q: How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?
A: I've been fooling around with collages since 1996, when I started my first zine. I got into collage because I didn't know how to draw and had some things I needed to say through images.
Q: Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?
A: I work as a graphic designer.
Q: Do you have any formal art training?
A: No, I wish I had. I studied Communication... so I read lots of books, but hadn't painted a single canvas during all my university years.
Q: Explain your favourite techniques.
A: Because I finish most of my works digitaly, my favourite tool is Photoshop. I always play with the idea of making real things that are not.
Q: Describe your favourite piece ever created.
A: Probably is a skateboard deck that I made for my latest exhibition. It has a 40 page fanzine (that I made) pasted onto it.
Q: What other artists do you admire?
A: (In complete disorder) Margaret Kilgallen, Kurt Schwitters, Edward Ruscha, Yokoland, Steve Powers, Cless, Rubén B., Señor García, GregorI Saavedra and one thousand more...