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Art | The life of a figurative artist. Interview with  Markus Magenheim

Art | The life of a figurative artist. Interview with Markus Magenheim

German artist, Markus Magenheim, discusses his artistic journey following his introduction to social media as a promotional platform.

Markus Magenheims

Pablo Picasso once said: “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up” and Markus Magenheim is no stranger to the hard work, determination and passion the pursuit of the artistic dream entails.

Magenheim, an artist based in Heidelberg Germany, has spent the entirety of his life pursuing a career in the arts.  At a young age, he developed a passion for expressing himself through art, in particular, through his love of drawing and painting.

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up”
— Pablo Picasso

Cancer by Markus Magenheims

Magenheim said: "I have drawn and painted for all of my life. In nursery school, I loved to draw and paint pictures and I often had to give away my drawings to the nursery teachers, which was quite funny! 

“Then when I started school, I filled all of my exercise books with all types of drawings before I moved on to a private school of art which I really enjoyed. I had a lot of experience under my belt at that time but it was really important for me to do some live drawings and they offered all of those courses.”

This passion for creative arts compelled him to apply to State Academy of Fine Arts in Karlsruhe, where like most artists, he faced many challenges revolving around different types of art forms such as abstract art with the use of objects.

“I can’t imagine doing anything else, it is just what I love to do. I consider my need to paint, and to draw, an inner need. It was what I was born to do.”
— Markus Magenheims

Magenheim has created artistic beauty from landscapes and still life but his main attraction lies in the human anatomy. Magenheim often paints people, and most importantly, their expressions without the added extras such as hair or jewellery.

Tired by Markus Magenheims

He said: “I’m interested in people and in the status of people. When I paint, I concentrate on the inner status and I think this shows in people’s gestures and facial expressions.  I make sure to leave out hair-dos and clothes and instead concentrate on what is most important to me.”

He added: “When I paint, it is just me and the painting, I do what I like to do and hopefully the viewer likes it but it isn’t my main focus. My art is my focus.”

His desire to paint people in their natural element has resulted in some of his most popular paintings such as “Tired” and “Warmth.”

“All my paintings are my babies but my favourite is ‘Tired’.  It is a painting of my boy, we had been to Mexico and there was an old monument and he went up there. He was just tired and so I made a little sketch of him and painted him.’’
— Markus Magenheims

"I think a lot of people like my painting ‘Warmth', which is a painting of my wife and our boy.  For me, it is a little bit sentimental and I often try to avoid sentimental mood."

Warmth by Markus Magenheims

His paintings haven’t failed to impress his rapidly growing fan-base and his following on his professional Instagram account has been steadily rising since its introduction.

“There was a woman that contacted me and she told me that when she saw the picture on her phone, she began weeping as she looked at the painting. I love when I get responses like that as it keeps me going. I am always open to critique too, but it’s always nice when you know you can touch people with your art, to reach them and make them think – and sometimes weep!”

Magenheim has already showcased his art through personal exhibits such as "manscape" in Worms, Germany and has since used social media in order to reach viewers from across the globe.

“What is next for me? Well, the first goal is to work and to paint. The next goal is to look for somewhere to present my work in the united states because they have a lot of interesting fine art galleries.”
— Markus Magenheims

BANG! by Markus Magenheims

“I have gotten a lot of responses on my Instagram from people from the United States, Africa, Britain and India and I think to find somewhere to present my work in these places would be a good match for me.”

With his unique style and artistic calling, it is clear that this is the only beginning of Markus Magenheims successful adventures around art exhibits across the globe.

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