How Canadian Collage Artist Maxwell Burnstein Makes Brand Art Cool

Maxwell Burnstein is a Canadian artist working in collage art, distinguishing his work through traditional analog techniques.
Creating a cohesive narrative through reconstructing photographs into multidimensional artworks with an x-acto knife, Burnstein’s handmade artworks have prompted covers for Harper’s Bazaar and Elle Magazine, collaborations with W Hotels and Resorts, The Billboard Music Awards, to helping Tetley launch their new line of Herbal Iced Teas.

FullSizeRender (2)

Do you know where you got your drive from?
Raised with the belief I could achieve anything I worked towards, I continue to set goals that drive me towards my full potential.

How do you stay self-motivated?
The harder I work, the stronger the results.

What would you say is your preferred way to network?
Instagram is the most important business tool towards developing new relationships, allowing you to access the industry in ways previously inaccessible.

How would you describe your process for deepening relationships?

Everything I create is a product of collaboration, ensuring respect in the process and exhibition of all participants who brought me the source material I’ll make into art.

What are your preferred tools for keeping organized?
Being self-employed it is important for me to stay coordinated on the go, relying on the synchronicity of my Apple devices to keep me organized.

What is your favourite way to market your product or services?
My career was founded through Instagram, and is where most of my job opportunities are acquired.

How and where do you continue to learn?
News Applications are my secret weapon, knowledge is power and I like to be informed.

Do you have a fitness ritual that you live by?
Working out is often the first step of my day, getting straight to the gym sets my body and mind for the day.

How do you feed your soul?

Film acts as an escape from my conscious mind when doing my work or creating artworks, always playing something in the background.

What type of content do you find most compelling on Instagram?
Looking at my contemporaries artwork often pushes me to work harder, reach deeper into the social network, and build better opportunities.

What lifestyle brand would you say shares your values most?

Kenzo Paris, being an avid collector of the brands kitsch and craftsmanship.

Who are your favourite artist?
I have been studying up on more Canadian artists, like Douglas Coupland and Michael Snow, who I have driven a lot of inspiration from.


Right now around Toronto, you can see Maxwell’s murals for yourself in these spots:

Orange Blossom Peach and Mango
Gristmill Lane, Distillery District
On display from June 21 – July 4

Lemon & Ginger
63 Ossington Ave
On display from June 28 – July 11

Hibiscus Pomegranate Berry
Yorkville Village
On display from July 5 – July 18

maxwell-burnstein-collage-artist-toronto maxwell-burnstein-collage-artist-toronto