Max Wyse

Artist Profile

Max Wyse’s work is characterized by particular techniques and iconography. His inspiration comes from an ancestral view of painting on glass to create his works. The artist directly paints on the back of an acrylic paper sheet (Plexiglas) on which he works in consecutive stages, starting with outlining the foreground, then the second ground and so on. He is forced to produce his work in a reverse fashion, unlike traditional canvas painting. The reversed version of what the artist represented is actually the image that is revealed face view, to the spectator.

Wyse approaches his work in the manner of an archeologist: he searches for, collects and theorizes the things that inspire him. His works essentially rely on the idea that the human body is closely tied to the mineral, the vegetal and the animal. Throughout Wyse’s work, the human figure embodies a virtual hybrid that is at the intersection of three different worlds of species. The artist considers the human body as a vehicle able to travel across cultures, evolving through humanity, which mutate sometimes into mythical creatures or symbolic figures and spasms. Wyse creates his very own mythology through which he demonstrates how the primitive is embodied in the human. Thus, animalism, essence and origins are omnipresent themes intertwined in his art works and practice.


Born in British Columbia in 1974, Max Wyse lives and works in Montreal. His work was exhibited in Montreal, Paris, Vancouver, Toronto and New York. His works are part of several collections including the Musée Régional de Rimouski, the borrowed works of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, National Bank of Canada, Cirque du Soleil, Montmart Fund, Giverny Capital and Senvest.


2013La Presse | Éric Clément
 Coups de gueule en quarantaine | 29 avril
2012Akimblog | Isa Tousignant
 Max Wyse at Galerie Trois Points | 6 novembre
2012CULT#MTL | Rachel Levine
 Psych out : Winnie Truong and Max Wyse | 18 octobre
2010Ovni Magazine | Annie Lafleur
 Devenir le jardin | 1 avril
2008Canadian Art Online | See it
 Max Wyse - Naive no More | 24 avril
2008Spirale | Emmanuel Galland
 Entretien avec Max Wyse - La bête humaine | 1 janvier
2007The Hour | Isa Tousignant
 Super Human | 25 janvier
2007Galerie Plein Sud | Luis de Moura Sobral
 L'homme 100 têtes à la recherche du réel | 1 janvier
2005Le Devoir | Bernard Lamarche
 De visu - cadavres exquis | 5 novembre