Mãximo Riera has been a practicing artist for over thirty years. Though predominately working in photography, painting and sculpture, he has also published a collection of poetry inspired by his travel and experiences through Europe and The Caribbean islands. Mãximo’s vibrant use of colour and evocative attention-to-detail have been an inspiration which convey the meaning of his creations. His work also demonstrates a predominant influence from abstract expressionism and the Pop Art movements.
Even though his artistic career was relegated to a secondary role due to his professional life in the medical industry, Mãximo was still able to organise several exhibitions and events for his work, with all proceeds going to charity. Born is Asturias [Northern Spain), Mãximo has now retired to his studio in Cadiz, where he paints and sculpts each day.
Of his work, Mãximo has notably completed The Millennial consoles. The works were manufactured using lifeless debris from authentic Millenarian olive-tree wood found in the south of Spain. This area is well known for its tradition in olive oil production; one of the finest and purest in the world.
Mãximo’s latest work comes by way of The Animal Chair Collection, which constitutes a diverse range of species, from mammals to reptiles, and even including insects. Each creation retains the animal’s natural vitality while being totally biologically accurate in their appearance. This collection is in homage to these animals and the whole animal kingdom which inhabits our planets, as an attempt to reflect and capture the beauty of nature in each living thing.
With a closer look, the Hippopotamus is a semiaquatic herbivore mammal, peculiar for it barrel-shaped torso, and is one of the most aggressive and unpredictable creatures in the world. For this design, its tremendous size and volume has been preserved, evading any sections or partitions along its body in order to accomplish an entire life-size piece. The seat was mounted on top of the animal’s upper body having two different hemispheres; one is functional and the other creates the illusion of the animal’s imposing presence. The piece resembles an adult male ‘Horse River’ as it was named by the ancient Greeks, with an approximate weight of three tonnes and a body length of almost three meters.
Maximo Riera; maximoriera.com