“Batman and Catwoman on the road” is considered by the artist his introduction into the world of comics, which have always been a great source of inspiration for him. Based on Batman’s film debut directed by Tim Burton, Batman (1989), and Batman Returns (1992), Pedreira depicts this scene of eroticism and the complicity of the DC Comics superhero couple through his original style. This painting is the result of a clear convergence among the different artistic styles such as Symbolism and the German expressionism movement and therefore, the artwork of Edvard Munch and Gustav Klimt as well as the cinematic style of Tim Burton. From the influence of German expressionism, the artist leaves behind all references to perspective and human anatomy and represents, through his sensibility, a parallel world. From the symbolism of the fin-de-siècle, Pedreira is inspired by the ornamentation of his canvases and murals. Inheriting the horror vacui, the artist represents the composition with asymmetrical and irregular lines that give the artwork intense and sensual energy. Tim Burton’s cinema has a strong influence on the portrayal of the characters and the predominant color palette.
A noteworthy aspect of the artwork is the treatment of space. With a range of dark colors, Pedreira divides the composition into three different planes. In the background, a dark sky, and a waning moon. In the second plane, the town is represented by buildings with pointed roofs, and in the foreground, Catwoman points at the exit of the road, while Batman is driving the Batmobile. This artwork also stands out for the number of details that interweave it and give the viewer the possibility to choose the direction he wants to take, either the exit or go ahead, as well as the possibility to dissect each of the planes deciphering all the information hidden among the painting. Features its eclectic movement, this painting is made from the fusion of different techniques artists, including acrylic, oil, and gouache.
Artist Maximiliano Pedreira is a native of San Martín, province of Buenos Aires (Argentina) where he was born in 1978.
His artistic vocation began in a plastic arts workshop at the age of 6, though it was at 16 when he claims art hit him like lightning hits a tree, listening to blues songs. This made him start off as a musician and when that wasn’t enough, become a dedicated painter, though in his art, music is always a key motivator, to the point of not being able to paint unless it is being played.
With no formal art training but an ongoing and self-taught artistic education, he’s been influenced by great film directors such as Tim Burton and by the style of fin-de-siècle painters like Gustave Klimt. He is also very fond of Chäim Soutine, James Whistler, Otto Dix, Lucian Freund, Egon Schiele, Toulouse Lautrec, and Jean Mitchell Basquiat among others.
With a unique artistic vision, following his creative impulses, Max Pedreira puts together very original and complex pictorial compositions. A certain “horror vacui” (fear or dislike of empty spaces in artistic compositions) makes him create intricate backgrounds decorated with arabesque motives and asymmetrical ornaments, to envelop his symbolic characters, often human figures, most frequently faces in any way, form, colors, or shapes.
In his art pieces, Pedreira suppresses any reference to perspective, closing his eyes to the outside world and creating his own, a product of his imagination. The compositional rhythm of his works captures, then engulfs, the viewer. The expressionist tone invites us to take a deep look, and we are taken to a labyrinthine parallel universe of emotional stories and unusual protagonists, where darkness and light play an important role, the deep black contrasting yet complementing the dominant saturated reds, yellows, and greens, all paradoxically in complete harmony.
This self-defined figurative-abstract painter likes to play with different techniques such as acrylic, oil, and gouache, mixing them in the same pictorial work, on paper or canvas of varied dimensions.
He’s a renowned artist who has worked as an art teacher and participated as a juror and curator in multiple major art competitions and exhibitions. Throughout his career, he has exhibited his artwork in more than 80 museums and art galleries, including the Struwwelpeter Museum in Stuttgart, the Brothers Grimm Museum in Kassel, and the Willhelm Busch Museum in Wiedensahl. Also in the UK, USA, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, and Cuba.
Maximiliano Pedreira is now joining forces with Corner4art in the process of creating and conceptualizing his award-winning work.
This unique piece comes directly through the artist and includes its Certificate of Authenticity.