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 …