Early Works: Drawings, Sketches and Pictures

It’s always interesting to explore the development of an artist, so as a special gift, we would love to share with you a selection of drawings, sketches, paintings and early works created by Maximo. From this you’ll be able to see how Maximo’s tapestries have developed through the years, beginning as geometrical pieces and ending on free form tapestries.

GEOMETIC DESIGNS

In the Ayacucho, Maximo’s hometown, weaving is something that is transmitted through family, from generation to generation. Normally families of weavers have a loom or two inside the home, so seeing someone weave and helping through the process is part of daily life and Maximo begin helping out his father, who wove blankets. During that time, everything that was woven was for local consumption.

In the 1980s he begins developing his own designs, exploring the limits of what he could do on the loom and began an exploration of geometrical designs, initially as rugs, but which later developed into tapestries.

The designs during this period were made with graph paper which made the process of taking the design to the loom easier, as each line measured a millimeter and represented 1 thread on the loom.

Maximo has always been fascinated by the different Andean cultures that inhabited Peru through time so he has been studying them for some time, reading, visiting museums, archeological sites, taking notes, sketches, etc. You can see many of these symbols and iconographies still in his tapestries today.

These are some tapestries from this period:

Exploring outside the lines:

After the geometric period and traditional exploration, his designs and the idea of what could be achieved through weaving started to acquire more freedom. Now the designs were free, not necessarily constrained by the lines of the graph paper.

These are some tapestries from this period:

This change in the way the designs were created gave an independence that allowed Maximo to express through different forms and themes. In the following images you can see a bit more of the creative process during this period.

Drawing:

Paintings:

Tapestry:

Tapestries from this period:

Through the years, the painting process, which initially was done with color pencils, changed to be done with a computer (after 2005).

Here are some examples:

Drawing

Painting (coloured pencil)

Painting (coloured pencil)

Drawing

Painting (coloured pencil)

Painting (computer)

Painting (coloured pencil)

Painting (computer)

Painting (coloured pencil)

Painting (computer)

We hope you enjoying exploring this part of Maximo’s work!

Below we’re leaving some posters from this period: