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Max Miller

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Choice
Choice, 2006 Oil on Linen 32 X 32 © Max Miller
Miller_-_ohavi_zedek
Ohavi Zedek, Vermont
Miller_-cuban_hebrew_congregation__miami_beach__fl
Cuban Hebrew Congregation, Florida
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Greensboro, NC
Birth year
1980
Lives in
Charleston
Works in
Charleston
Schools
Charles H. Cecil Studios, 2004, n/a
College of Charleston, 2002, BA Studio Art, BA Art History
Tags
surrealism, self-portrait, portraiture, Classical, realism
Statement
statement

I chose to pursue post-undergraduate studies in a more classical tradition in Florence, Italy.  At Charles H. Cecil Studios students are trained in a regimented process that mirrors the atelier traditions of previous centuries.  It is my goal to assimilate the classical teachings of the atelier method with a more modern mode of thought, thus achieving a synthesis of old and new.

            My paintings are often thematically influenced by my dreams.  I find the sleeping state to be a cache of inspiration, whether a painting idea comes to me fully realized or as a fleeting vision that stays with me and grows into an image later.  I am constantly chasing ‘truth’ in my work and that has led me to develop what I call ‘metaphysical realism.’ 

The paintings I create are not only a visual record of a person, or a group of people, but illustrations of more than just their physical aspect.  By bringing metaphysical elements such as thoughts and interactions into the visual field, I feel I am more accurately representing the truth of the scene or the person depicted, and telling a more complete story.