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About.

Bio

The Dutch artist Maxim Gazendam was born in 1981 in The Hague and studied Architecture at the Technical University in Delft. During his studies he accidentally came into contact with sand sculptures. An afternoon of building sand sculptures for adults (as a team building workshop), without his knowledge at the time, laid the foundation for his later career in this field.

Simultaneously with his studies at TU Delft, Maxim developed his qualities in sculpture and design. In the meantime he himself gave the conscious workshops for team building activities to the business community. For example, under his leadership, more than 10,000 people have followed the sand sculpture program.

Slowly but surely he received more assignments for the creation of professional sand sculptures (worldwide), which was occasionally a logistical puzzle in combination with his teaching program and exams at the TU. After graduating in 2005 he obtained the title of Master of Science of Architecture and decided to continue as a full-time sand artist. He started his one-man-buisiness under the name Puremaxim. During that period he made many sculptures with an architectural touch. His designs now have a very wide range of themes, but are always characterized by his own characteristic sleek lines. Over the years, in addition to creating sculptures himself, he also develops the skills to set up, supervise and conduct complete exhibitions and events; whether or not in collaboration with an international team of sculptors.

A typical story of a hobby that got out of hand …

Projects.

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2020
Internationaal Zandsculpturen Festijn Garderen, NL (artistic leader, designer and sculptor)
2019
Fort Myers American Championship, Florida, USA (solo and double)
Siesta Key Chrystal Classic International Sandsculpting Festival, Florida, USA (solo)
Neptune Festival, Virginia Beach, USA
Revere Beach International Sandsculpting Competition, Boston, USA
Studio Hands op de Beeck, Staging Silence, Brussels, BE
International Zandsculpturen Festijn, Garderen NL (artistic leader, designer and sculptor)
2018
Nativity Orientalis Museum, Heilig Landstichting , NL
Chrystal Classic International Sandsculpting Festival, Florida, USA
Europeaan Championship Sandsculpting, Zandvoort aan Zee, NL
World Championship Sandsculpting, The Hague, NL
Redcar Sandsculpture Festival, Redcar, UK
Dutch Championship Sandsculpting, Oss, NL
International Zandsculpturen Festijn, Garderen NL (artistic leader, designer and sculptor)
2017
Redcar Sandsculpture Event, UK
Utrecht Dom square sandsculpture, NL
European Championship, Zandvoort aan Zee, NL
International Zandsculpturenfestijn Garderen, NL (artistic leader, designer and sculptor)
Comercial Dremel, NL
2016
Valkenburg Nativity, NL
Fort Meyers American Championships, USA
Siesta Key Crystal Classic interna1onal Sand Sculpting Festival, USA
Brighton Sandsculpture, UK
European Championship, Zandvoort aan Zee NL
Mainau Castle, Germany
Pitsburgh Sand City Spectacular, USA
Redcar Sandsculpture event, UK
Sandsculpture Festival, Oss NL
Castle Warmelo, Diepenheim NL
International Zandsculpturenfestijn Garderen, Garderen NL
2015
Engelberg Switserland, Igludorf CH
Zwolle IJsbeeldenfestival, Zwolle NL
Valkenburg Nativity, NL
European Championship Sandsculpting, Zandvoort, NL
Mainstage Tomorrowland Festival, Boom BE (styrofoam)
Apeldoorn Festival, NL
Dutch Championship Sandsculpture, Sneek, NL
Haeundae Beach international Sandsculpting Festival, Busan South Korea
Castle Warmelo, Diepenheim NL
International Zandsculpturenfestijn Garderen, Garderen NL
2014
Dutch Championship Icecarving, Heerlen, NL
Winterfair, Garderen NL
Zwolle IJsbeeldenfestival, Zwolle NL
Zandsculpturen Buitenhof, The Hague NL
European Championship Sandsculpting, Zandvoort aan Zee NL
Blauwestad Zandsculpuren festival, NL
Zandsculpturen Festival, Oss NL
Brighton International Sand Sculpture Festival, UK
Paleis Soestdijk, NL
International Zandsculpturenfestijn Garderen, Garderen NL
2013
White Lounge Mayhofen Iglu, Austria
Remal International Festival of Sand and Light, Kuwait
Scheepvaartmuseum Amsterdam, NL
European Championship Sandsculpting Zandvoort aan Zee, NL
Lalouvesc Sculpture Exibition, France
Tel Aviv, Tales in Sand, Israel
Demo sculpting Zandvoort aan Zee, NL
Sand Welt, Ludwigsburg Germany
Artis Zoo demo, Amsterdam NL
International Zandsculpturenfestijn Garderen, Garderen NL
2012
Demo Wormerveer Real Estate Icesculpting, NL
Jong Beton, Rotterdam, NL
Baars en Bloemhof architectendag, Amsterdam, NL
Imtech Demosculpture, Noordwijk, NL
55plus beurs Jaarbeurs, Utrecht, NL
Naar Buitenbeurs, Barneveld, NL
Demosculpture Zandvoort European Championship, Zandvoort, NL
Provada Real Estate Fair, Amsterdam, NL
Veteranendag, Den Haag, NL
Veluws Zandsculpturen Festijn, Garderen, NL
2011
Sandsculpture Festival Bogota, Colombia
Koel in de Truck, Hoensbroek, NL
Demo Keulen, Germany
Saandsculpture Festival, Tel Aviv, Israel
International Sandsculpture Festival Hoensbroek, NL
Weston Super Mare, UK
Morres shoppingcenter, Hulst, NL
International Scheveningen Sandsculpture, NL
Veluws Zandsculpturen Festijn, Garderen, NL
2010
Chelyabinsk International Icesculpting Competition, Russia
Ekaterinaburg International Icesculpting Competition, Russia
Dutch Masters, Buitenhof, The Hague, NL
Pro Rail, Lunetten, NL
Sand Gallery, The Hague, NL
Weston Super Mare Sandsculpture Festival, UK
Jelgava International Sandsculpture demonstration, Jelgava, Latvia
International Sandsculpting Competition, Scheveningen, NL
Veluws Zandsculpturen Festijn, Garderen, NL
2009
Dutch Championship Icecarving, Arnhem, NL
Stoppelhane, Raalte, NL
International Sandsculpture Festival Oberhausen, Germany
Weston Super Mare Sandsculpture Festival, UK
Peace and Justice The Hague, NL
International Sandsculpting Competition, Rorschach, Switzerland
Veluws Zandsculpturen Festijn, Garderen, NL
International Ice Sculpting Competition, Jelgava, Latvia
2008
Dutch Championship Icecarving, Arnhem, NL
Harbour-days 2e Maasvlakte, Rotterdam, NL
Rorschach International Sandsculpting Competition, Switserland
Weston Super Mare Sandsculpture Festival, UK
Peace and Justice The Hague, NL
Veluws Zandsculpturen Festijn, Garderen, NL
Sandsculpture Competition Xanten, Germany
International Sand Sculpting Competition, Jelgava, Latvia

Awards.

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2019
American Championship Fort Myers, (doubles with Delayne Corbett), Florida, USA
First prize jury and first prize sculptors choice
American Championship Fort Myers, (solo), Florida, USA
2nd prize jury and first prize sculptors choice
2018
World Championship Sandsculpture, The Hague NL
First prize public jury
Dutch Championship, Oss NL
First prize public jury and sculptors choice
2017
European Championship Sandsculpting (solo), Zandvoort, NL
3rd prize jury
2016
American Championship Fort Myers, (double with Bruce Philips), Florida, USA
3rd prize jury
European Championship Sandsculpting, (solo), Zandvoort, NL
2nd prize jury
2015
European Championship Sandsculpting, (solo), Zandvoort, NL
First prize jury and first prize public jury
Dutch Championship, (solo), Sneek, NL
First prize jury
2011
Veluws Zandsculpturen Festijn (doubles with Rogier Nusselder), Garderen, NL
3rd prize jury
2010
Ekterinaburg International Ice Competition (doubles with Andreus Petkus), Russia
1st prize jury
2009
Dutch Championship Icecarving, Arnhem, NL
5th prize jury
Veluws Zandsculpturen Festijn (doubles with Rogier Nusselder), Garderen, NL
3rd prize jury
2008
International Ice Sculpting Competition (doubles with Marieke van der Meer), Salekhard, RU
Encourage prize jury
2007
International Sandsculpting Competition, (doubles with Quinten Gazendam) Rorschach, Switzerland
4th prize jury
2005
International Sandsculpting Competition, (doubles with Quinten Gazendam) Rorschach, Switzerland
1st prize public
International Sandsculpting Competition, (doubles with Michel de Kok), St. Petersburg, Russia
3rd prize jury
2003
International Sandsculpting Competition, (doubles with Josiane Donker) Rorschach, Switzerland
Encourage prize jury
International Sandsculpting Competition (doubles with Enguerrand David), St. Petersburg, Russia
4rd prize jury