Max Leiva is a contemporary Guatemalan artist known for his expressive figurative sculptures. Leiva's work explores the physicality and athletic limits of the human form, often placing the figures within an architectural context. His style is informed by his travels around the world, from Switzerland to Bangkok, where he lived for two years. This life experience allows Leiva to embrace a wide visual field in converging world cultures. From Mayan to European and American avant-garde art, the vocabulary of his work integrates the merging of families, of tribes and of cultures.
His artistic path materializes in the figurative or the abstract, claiming not only his roots from the Mayan culture of Central America, but also his experiences traveling the world. The artist states: “I like what I do, and I do not think much about the reasons that have led me to be a sculptor or where this may lead. The demands of art are not tangible; they do not belong to the world of needs. This is why I believe it is a constant act of defiance, which happily provides freedom. I want people to get to know my work better. I want them to take their time to observe it more. I intend this to be a meditative exercise."
Leiva is a well respected artist with works featured in the collections of Museo de Arte Latinoamericano - MOLAA, Los Ángeles, California, USA, Museo San Juan del Obispo, La Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala Museo Olímpico, Lausanne, Switzerland.