Maxwell Stephens (b. 1966 in Vancouver) is an artist and writer living and working in Bremen and Berlin, Germany.
The primary focus of Maxwell’s practice concerns the materialization of ideas through material experimentation, historical research, the engagement of private and public spheres of cultural production as well as the consideration of artistic processes in relation to context. He is interested in the cross-pollination and development of the social, political and artistic processes that inform contemporary and public art practices alike.
Maxwell has been working as a professional musician and contemporary artist and has collaborated with other artists in contemporary art, music and sound, opera, dance, performance, writing, and set design. He has exhibited and performed widely at international venues such as Artspeak (Vancouver), Künstlerhaus Bethanien (Berlin), Smart Project Space (Amsterdam), the Vancouver Art Gallery, the National Gallery of Canada, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, the Seattle Art Museum, La Kunsthalle Mulhouse, Witte de With (Rotterdam), the Museum of Applied Arts (Bergen, Norway), the 4th Marrakech Biennale and the 19th Biennale of Sydney. He has also collaborated on public commissions such as The Garden of Future Follies (public sculpture, Toronto, 2016), The Conference at the Council House (public sculpture, Mississauga, 2017), Cake Walk (wall mural and light installation on DJD Centre, Calgary, 2017), Up To This Moment… (video installation in tram station, Toronto, upcoming) and Conference of the Neighbours (public sculpture, Toronto, upcoming).