Artist Max Tzinman presents a fascinating collection of work that envisions a surreal, futuristic world. View more of his work by visiting his website.
“If you could say it in words, there would be no reason to paint.” ~ Edward Hopper
Like Hopper, I find it difficult to explain my work, because it does not come necessarily from a logical place. It emerges from a maelstrom of concerns, fascinations and experiences.
Essentially, I am exploring in my images the disconnect between reality and the pervasive myths that surround us. I am questioning our purpose in these turbulent times and how we can avoid the emptiness of an unthinking existence.
As we are pulled towards conformity and anonymity, I wonder how we can preserve our individualism and humanity.
I have been hearing impaired since birth, so connection, communication and isolation are themes that have interested me from the start. I’m the child of Holocaust survivors and I am greatly influenced by their life experiences. Even if I am not telling their specific stories (or mine), the thread of their experience is always there, in the back of my mind. I think it strongly influences what I create.
Growing up in communist Romania, I experienced firsthand the heavy hand of the state and the group thinking that was imposed. Conformity was necessary for survival. I think this left me with an “allergy” to control and censorship. It drives my passion for authenticity and truth.
Since leaving Romania I have lived in Israel, Canada and the USA – all countries with diverse cultures that have influenced my vision. Art is my way of making sense of the world.
My creative process varies. Many times, I start with an idea and work digitally, building in two or three dimensions. Sometimes I start with found objects and work with them.
I enjoy using a variety of media, such as acrylic, oil, plastic, collage and metal, to construct still pieces and dioramas. For some projects, I work with video, animation, and incorporate light and sound to communicate the desired effect. I go where the work takes me.