While at first glance the artwork of our Male Artist of the Month Michael Maschka seems as though it is simply a sensual, somewhat kinky, feast for the eyes, I urge you to linger a little longer and truly appreciate, not only Michaels phenomenal artistic talent, but also the storytelling, the spiritual correspondence between the inner and outer worlds of mythology and our own reality.
First and Foremost
Tell us a little about your background. When were you born? Where did you grow up? Did art play a significant role in your childhood?
I was born in 1962 and grew up in Augsburg (Germany/Bavaria). 1979-1981 I attended Augsburg Technical High School, Major in Design and in 1983 Moved to Berlin, studying social work from 1986-90.
April/May 1994 Participated in church construction in Thal, near Graz, Austria, as the assistant of Professor Ernst Fuchs. December 1998 Designed a ceiling and wall panel in St. Bartholomew Church in Heuberg (by Oettingen, in Bavaria) July 2001 Founding member of “Labyrinths – Society for Fantastic and Visionary Arts, Inc.”, with branches in Munich and Rome.
Did you delve straight into the world of art after high school or did you come to it later in your life? In either case, what exactly inspired you to pursue art as a career?
Very early in my life I discovered my love for art and dived straight into it. But of course I had to struggle with obstacles, as any other artist has to.
Which tools and mediums do you use and or prefer? Do you have a set process for creating your work?
I prefer painting, sculpting and doing graphic art like etching.
What is your art in relation to your heart? Tell us your why. What does it all mean to you?
What I want is to let the spiritual realities that manifest in myth become a sensual experience. This could be called the credo of my artistic work. Thus, the mythical images are descriptions of mental/spiritual states which, separated from actual mythos, represent its continuation. Here, the quintessence of mythos, that is, the archetype itself, begins a life of its own and spins out its own story.
The starting point for my artistic work is always a concrete, inner experience. In formal terms, my approach is a realistic one; that means that observation and representation of the inner image are executed as precisely as possible and with scientific exactitude. In fact, each picture is an object of research. Thus, in my pictures I investigate the spiritual facts behind the world of phenomena. A masterly use of color and technical perfection are entirely in the service of the credibility of the message.
What are your thoughts on where your art began, to what it has now become?
My art became more and more realistic.
Five For Fun
If you could only wear one colour ever again, what what you be? Why?
Blue. Don‘t know why.
What is something which you possess that you would never sell or give away, ever? Why?
My house, because I built/ restored it with my own hands.
In a garden of all of the flowers, which one would you choose? Why?
The rose, because it‘s mystic.
If you were a paint brush, how would you describe yourself?
What is one talent you have outside of being an artist?
I play the guitar and I'm a writer.
Before You Go...
Anything you would like to add? What is up next for you that we should look out for?
My next works…
Where can we find you?
What is one pro-tip lesson you have learned from your past as an artist?
What is your one boss-tip for all women to be true to themselves and live their best lives?
Stick to your plans and ideas, love yourself and others. Woman always played an important role in my life and I worship the female principle in every woman
She is Art.
Be Bold. Be Sexy. Be Fierce.
Tanya x Marie
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