Max Horst

contemporary Australian

This is My Story

Max Horst Sokolowski is a highly trained & full-time contemporary Australian painter having completed a Master Degree at the European Academy of Arts in 1997 who generally paints under the name Max Horst.

Exploring the nature of people and the relationships between them, Horst’s paintings are very often short stories of small,daily moments of life. He distills these relationships through simplified forms and shapes, developing his own code of symbols – a code which is constantly changing and developing over time.

In his quest for simplicity and honesty, Horst draws much of his inspiration from cave paintings and naive art, “because I find them very honest as a form of art”. The viewer can sometimes sense the presence of elements of Aboriginal art in Horst’s work.

Using oil, acrylic, watercolour, gouache, he may mix them with drawing techniques. Natural pigments of earth colours are the base of Horst’s palette. With an intuitive preoccupation with colour, form and line, Horst’s work belies a carefully considered composition and an appreciation of the nature of human interaction.


Master Degree at the European Academy of Arts in 1997


2015 – Victorian Artists Society Gallery “Beyond Reality”, group exhibition, PolArt festival
2012 – Steps Gallery, Carlton “Urban Spaces” exhibition
2011 – Federation Square, Melbourne “The Power of Colour” group exhibition, Polish Festival Melbourne
2010 – Steps Gallery, Carlton “My Country, My Home”, group exhibition
2009 – Steps Gallery, Carlton “International Drawing Biennale” joint exhibition
2007 – Steps Gallery, Carlton International Drawing Biennale” mixed forms, Polish Art Foundation (Ambassador of Poland, Honorable Mention)
2006 – Steps Gallery, Carlton “My World” group exhibition
2000- Wilanow Warsaw , Poland “Museum of Poster “, group exhibition
1998 – CIOP Gallery Warsaw, ” Noise ” Poland, group exhibition
1998 – CIOP Gallery Warsaw, Poland, ” Safety first ” group exhibition
1994 – Jary Gallery Warsaw, Poland, “Four plus she” group exhibition
1993 – Jary Gallery Warsaw, Poland, group exhibition

max-hosrt, ned kelly