year of birth: 12/12/1982
Q1: When did you start making art?
I started early. As a kid, i was drawing a lot, always about monsters and darkness. That subject never left me. I studied art in college, I did a master and i’m teaching art in middle school near Paris.
Q2: What does inspire you?
The first painting I saw that marked me forever is “Kronos” from Goya. He is my favorite artists of all times. Especially his black paintings, and his series of Los Caprichos and The Desasters of War. There ar a lot of artists i do enjoy but i manly find my inspiration in life and death. Watching this world going to an end gives me enough material to create.
Q3: What are your techniques?
Basicly everything, I consider art as what Wagner called, Total Art, which means that everything can be used or seen as art. With that said, I’d like to add the concept of synesthesia which means to mix all senses. Some artists like Scriabine worked on that and created some instrument playing music with lights, colors ect. They also wanted to add the sense of smell to it. For my paintings and drawings, I use acrylic, pencils and also my own blood which I extract with razor blades. I do also short films and music under the name of K.F.R, here are some links: HERE and HERE K.F.R is my translation into music of my paintings. Dark, cold and violent.
Q4: What is the main idea or feeling behind your works?
I would say Death is linked to them all almost. I try to represent agony, despair, sorrow, all feelings of the dark side of humanity. It is to me a catharsis, a way to extract my negativity but also to make people think. I always considered art for teaching something, it has to show a certain truth, what destroys this world has to be exposed and art is a good way for that. Of course my paintings are metaphorical but if you look carefully, you can get many significations.
Q5: What is the main color of your art and why?
The main color is black because it belongs to darkness. I use the red of my blood but when it rots completely, it becomes darker. I consider my art as mortal as myself which means it has to rot just as myself. Nothing is eternal and certainly not my art. I like the fact that the blood becomes darker after a while like if the soul was disappearing. Here are my blood paintings: HERE
Q6: What would you improve about your work and why?
I don’t try to improve my work, it is the way it is and what i did some years ago had to be this way, I don’t want to change them because it belongs to the past. To me, skills and technique are minor to express yourself. Passion and truth are the most important, what you create is a part of yourself done at a specific moment, you can’t do the same things two times, even if you try, it will still be different. Our perception will be different. I just do what I do because there is something inside of me pushing me to do it. Plato said that art was done by men under the will of gods. To me Art has its own will, pieces of work become independents of their creator, they have their own existence, their own rules. That’s why there is nothing to improve.
Q7: Do you have any project for the future?
My K.F.R album is coming soon on cd and vinyl, other than that I still work on different clips and short films and some paintings as well. I’d like to do an exhibition combining my paintings with my music someday, some sort of Gesamtkunstwerk (total art).
Q8: Describe yourself with 3 words capturing the essence of Maxime Taccardi.
Darkness, Stand, flesh.
Q9: Show us (link) your very first work. Describe it from techniques till feelings.
It would be hard to show my very first one cause most of my old stuff has been lost or destroyed so here is a pic of an old drawing quite big (2m) representing the ambivalence of the being. It was done with color pencils on paper in 2004, it is different from what i do know. HERE
Q10: What did change from your first work till now?
It became darker with time with less hope or light. The future is uncertain just as my art.
Q11: What is art for you? Escaping from reality or the essence of life?
Art is a way to stand, to protest against the absurdities and injustice of this world. It also helps me to feel better and gives sense to my life.
Love this art!