David Maxim

(Los Angeles, California, 1945 - )


Born 1945 in Los Angles, California
Currently lives and works in San Francisco, California

David Maxim was born in Los Angeles in 1945, earned an MA from UCLA in 1968, and lives
and works in San Francisco. His career has now encompassed five decades, with solo
exhibitions spanning from 1975 to the present. Over this long period he has explored a variety
of themes, from semi-abstract paintings of clouds, to cheekily imagined scenes of famous artists
from the past, to erotically charged sculptures of nude male figures. Some of his most striking
works are paintings from the 1980s and ‘90s which combine intensively splattered surfaces with
added three-dimensional objects in a manner reminiscent of Jasper Johns or Anselm Kiefer,
along with titles suggesting connections to biblical and mythological themes.
Maxim has had solo exhibitions at institutions including the Flint Institute of Arts in Flint,
Michigan; the Polk Museum of Art in Lakeland, Florida; the Saint Mary's College Art museum in
Moraga, California; and the Vero Beach Museum of Art in Vero Beach, Florida. His work is held
in a variety of museum collections, including the British Museum in London; the Brooklyn
Museum of Art; the Milwaukee Art Museum; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and the Nelson-
Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City.

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