Max Adrian is a visual artist whose soft-sculpture studio practice has most recently expanded into the realm of inflatables. Greatly influenced by drag, performance, LGBTQ+ history, and the art of storytelling, Adrian sews highly tactile sculptures that speak to narratives of queer identity. His sculptures are intricately pieced from materials like faux-fur, faux-leather, and spandex. The push and pull between the trepidation and the desire to touch is a key element to Adrian's work, especially being made from such materials which call for interaction. These objects are often playfully suspicious things, simultaneously conjuring images of children's playhouses and red-light dungeons. Adrian uses this sensation in his work to pose questions about the ways in which we discover, discuss, and engage in the diverse spectrum of our sexualities, as well as the communities who help to shape our identities.
Adrian holds a BFA in Fiber and Creative Writing from the Kansas City Art Institute. He was awarded a 2015 Windgate Fellowship from the Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design for his proposal of an intensive study of theatre design and puppetry among such places as Chicago, Prague, and India. He has participated in a variety of residencies including the New York Studio Residency Program (Brooklyn, New York), the Charlotte Street Studio Residency (Kansas City, Missouri), the Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, Vermont). and the Second Sight Project (Columbus, Ohio). Adrian is a current 2017-2018 Artist-in-Residence at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.