Maxi Pfeil is a German artist currently living and working in Berlin. In June 2019 he successfully graduated the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, with a Bachelor of the Arts in Photography. In his work, Maxi is interested in social tension, the struggle of every day life and the relations between us humans. Where do our emotions lay and how can we hold on to them? 


Photography has always fascinated Pfeil for it’s aspects of time and reality. The medium enables him to capture and revisit life, within the increasingly fast pace of our modern society. To him beauty does not lay within the aesthetics of the photograph, but in the fragility of a moment and it’s (short) duration.


Using traditional, photographic techniques Pfeil raises questions towards our current western civilization, that only the viewer can answer individually and for himself. By creating a gate between the past and the present, he tries to draw a more complete picture of what it means to be human right now.

participating open atelier

for Art Spring Festival

ECC Weißensee, Berlin
05. & 06.06.2021 

single show "Szenarien"

curated by Javier Gastelum

zwei zwei zwei, Stuttgart
28.03. - 25.04.2021 

open studio "untitled

by the ECC Weißensee

Neumagener Straße 25, Berlin

02. - 10.10.2020

shortlisted for the
Rabo Photographic Portrait Talent award
by the Dutch National Portrait Gallery
27th of November 2019

GUP new photo talent 2020
GUP / New Photo
Westergasfabriek Amsterdam
06 - 08 December 2019

Graduation Show
Gerrit Rietveld Academie
Fred. Roeskestraat 96
03 - 07 June 2019


group show "Auspuff"

curated by Johannes Schwartz 

Looiersgracht 60, Amsterdam

9th of May 2019

group show "machine vision"
curated by Joris Landmann
Amsterdam, NL
26. & 27.01.2018

group show "Collaborate"
Foam Museum Amsterdam
Keizersgracht 609
9 - 11 July 2017

group show "Uncut"
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
Museumsplein 10
22 - 24 March 2017

single show "stop for what!?"
curated by Tiff Isza
Reinraum e.V. Düsseldorf
22 - 31 July 2016