Five questions to Mahoja

Five questions to Mahoja

“Mahoja” aka Max Højer Jacobsen was born in 1963 in Denmark, where he still lives and works today. Max Højer Jacobsen is a completely self-taught artist, and for many years he has primarily dealt with his well-known humorous bronze sculptures - But under the artist name "Mahoja" he gets the opportunity to express a completely different side of himself in art and the viewer will see him as the painter, and not the sculptor.How did you get into art?

I have always been very creative and have drawn, painted and modeled a lot since my earliest childhood. The Art gives me a completely unique opportunity to process and express all the thoughts and ideas that my head is constantly filled with.

How would you describe your style? What makes your art special?

My paintings are very expressive, and I paint without sketches - the painting came from the thought I had in my head the day I took the canvas in my hand for the first time.How do you go about developing your work?

I constantly work on creating exciting structures in my paintings - I use many test canvases to see how a new idea for the structure works. It is my idea that the finished painting should have a sculptural feel.Who or what influences you? 

I am inspired by most things in life and especially by Nordic mythology and history. Several of my figures are taken from old rock carvings, which I have reinterpreted and put into a completely new story.

Skulls and skeletons also have a great influence on my paintings, they are a good image of how time disappears between our hands without us being able to do anything about it - therein also lie the big questions of life and death, and the risk of wasting valuable time and life on things that turn out to be completely irrelevant to the good life.

What are you planning to do next?

I have not yet entered collaborations with any art galleries on my paintings, but I am thinking of doing so when I find the right match. Otherwise, time will tell where it all ends - I'm not in a hurry.Instagram