Max Leiß


Ausgabe#28, publication, 2016

Max Leiß, born in 1982, was trained as a wood sculptor in Munich and studied art at the State Academy of Fine Arts in Karlsruhe and at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des beaux-arts in Paris. His most recent work, such as sculptures, installations and photographs, are often developed on the basis of found objects. Max Leiß’ work has been on display in several solo and group exhibitions including the Kunsthaus Baselland, Kunsthalle Basel and the Tokyo Art Book Fair. He has been recently awarded with the Kalinowski-Prize.

Max Leiß currently lives and works in Basel, Marseille and Oberammergau.


Ratonneau, framed analogue print, 2016

SAA: What fosters art?

ML: Attention by someone you respect.

SAA: Who is supporting you?

ML: My family with love, understanding and time. My friends and colleagues with their interest and critique. The artists I work for with their experience and flexibility. Mark Pezinger with his supernatural power.
All those who exposed my work.

SAA: Does financial support expand creativity?

ML: Money can be time and space. But it’s not at all like: the more, the better. Creativity needs obstacles as well.


en garde, Aluminium, Kunsthalle Basel 2016

SAA: Must art be sellable?

ML: Not at all. It’s nice if it’s sold, though.

SAA: Should art belong to the private or public?

ML: The artist should work for himself and his „ideal audience”. Later, art will belong to anyone who is willing to appreciate it.