November 8, 2017

Max Sauco, a photographic painter

" Every image emerges spontaneously, sometimes in sleep, sometimes while driving, after a scene witnessed in the street, after reading a sophisticated book or hearing a phrase. Often even during work on a picture."



8 years I admire his work in a respectful and contemplative silence...

There are just a few weeks ago, jumping over my shyness in front of so much talent, I've decided to contact him, and here he is after a wonderful yes. Thank you Max.

Max Sauco is a world renowned and multi-awarded Russian artist who creates wonderfully photo-manipulated pictures.

Surrealist, dreamer and great lover of the paradoxes and the symbols, each of his images, titles included, each detail has its importance in such a work, Max Sauco is the most original photo-manipulator I know till this day, with Jan Saudek and Jean Jacques André, of course.


Master of the colors and disregarding the conventions, his work is inspired, innovative, inventive, off-beat... giving us a result as surprising as it is majectic.

I won't talk about his prodigious technical skills, I'm not good enough and it's not my way to write about the technics of an artist. I just want to light up a true creator who gives a deep sense and so many emotions to all what he does.

With a tremendous and unfashionable success, Max Sauco works on a wide range of themes and myths. He's not only a picture maker, he's also a poet, a kind man and, I must confess it, a source of inspiration for the poet I am too.

But let's stop here !... I'm too inspired and it's time to hear him. And to contemplate with delight the artworks he brings in our troubled Earth.

"Radhe govinda"


Art Model Eva

All the following extracts come from an interview given by Max Sauco to FotoLoft gallery :

The birth of an artist :


At the age of six I wanted to be an American Indian, at nine, a paleontologist, at thirteen, a surgeon.

As early as in grade six or so I knew absolutely well that I wanted to be a surgeon and nobody else. I used to hammer at anatomical charts, I knew every single bone in a human body, everything was very serious indeed. But somehow the very last moment I applied for enrollment in the Irkutsk College of the Arts although I had no experience even of a common art school while the competition that year was 11 applicants per a place. Still it occurred somehow that I was matriculated and that moment I realized : that was my destiny.

Everything I can originates from those studies : knowledge of design, drawing, painting, plastic art, surface anatomy, photography, art history – just everything. Years of studies were so saturated and exciting that I had not a single thought about anything beyond art.

"Terra Female 2"

"The Book"


From Painting to Photography :

"My Pushkin"

Once painting used to be my only occupation.

My first work took the form of a sketch for a painting created on the basis of the original photograph with Photoshop.

I believe that paintings impress a spectator a little milder, are perceived not so realistically as compared to photographs, although the backroom is the same. For instance, works by Dali or Magritte do not shock anyone now, they are perceived as entirely classical paintings. Time goes, and people get used to things.
Besides, I love sculpture, I study it and even sculpted a little. A few times I tried to master 3Dmax but either I failed to find a good tutor or I realized that it was taking too much time – on the whole the attempts failed.

 "Two cats"

"Bride 2"

Still, I make my works three-dimensional, I am used to seeing them as sculptures which are so fascinating to examine from different perspectives.

Ten years ago, when I had already understood that oil painting was becoming a threat to my health I decided at least to reduce the time I was spending working with paints and solvents and to sketch for the paintings on a PC, in Photoshop. It turned out to be rather fascinating and useful.

I made sketches and then transferred them onto canvas. Those sketches were accumulated one after another and finally I had no time to paint them all.

It was then that a good friend of mine, a photographer, saw the sketches and told me that they were not bad at all and it was time to exhibit them.

He organized our joint photographic exhibition in the only gallery of Irkutsk. His name is Oleg Stolyarov. Probably those who like my works should be grateful to him.
Besides, he was the one to shoot the first photographic material for me since at that time I even did not have a decent camera. The exhibition was a success, it was something new in photography.



" I understand woman’s nature better than man’s. I do not invite models indeed, they come themselves. Most of them pose for the first time – it these works that possess highest energetics. Apparently there is a moment when time comes for an artist and a model to meet so that something is born that has been in the air for long."


"Bride 5"

His inner vision :


I confess that about 10 years ago I used to experiment on my spectators using certain esoteric knowledge. It used to be amusing then. Now many things have changed, still stereotypes need to be destroyed so as not to get stuck in the passivism and ignorance of the reality.

When one understands what I want to convey and what I felt when creating the work, this is an extremely exciting experience for me.

I would be happy to act as a guide in exploration of the world.
And it would be cool if everyone understood that they and their whole environment are the God’s creation.


 "Clara und Rosa"
Art Model Ira Boot


David Winge said...

Amazing work and excellent feature, thank you very much for sharing!

OnePixArt said...

truly beautiful, so inspirational

Chris St James said...

He's incredible, you're right ! And so kind !!! All what I love :)