We had the good fortune of connecting with Max Mayoral and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Max, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
One of the motivations behind pursuing a creative career was losing my full time job. Although i was a couple of weeks out from leaving while i was juggling making art, getting laid off was a massive push to want to be my own boss. But really the main reason is just because i love to do it and i love being known for the work that i produce. And with enough research and drive I haven’t looked back and its been almost a year now that art is my full time job.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’d say I’m most proud of how original my work looks, just because the really is difficult finding your style and it takes some people many many years if ever, to be able to figure out what their style is while also being able to enjoy creating and staying as original as possible and not taking to much influence from another artists style or works. I was very fortunate to find my cool bold and colorful style that really worked well to all of my strong points Nothing is really easy but i was very fortunate to have a good work ethic and a wanting to get better, so while all my friends were out partying i decided to stay in and just paint. Just because it really is what i enjoy to do the most. But the journey is just beginning and i think I’ve set myself up for a bright future. I’d say what the best thing I’ve learned through all of this is to stay really really consistent and to just keep cranking and not to stop. I painted a piece or two every day (for the most part) for the last year and a half and its not be coincidence that I’m starting to really master some elements and work towards the style i like and the look i want for my work. So really just to stay consistent and work your ass off.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
There’s a bunch of cool bars and restaurants around the city but i dont find myself going out all to often. When i do i like going to cool wine and music bars like lagniappe and heartland. For people who enjoy to look at art I’d recommend Wynwood even though its tourist trap and i dont find myself there often its still good for out of towners to get a glimpse of. And of course the beaches are beautiful when they aren’t too crowded.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The main influence behind my art and view on art is my father who is an amazing and well recognized artist. Ever since i was younger watching him be able to put on his music and just paint these great works was always a massive inspiration to me.

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