One of the things I love about art, design — and creativity in general — is its ability to reinvent itself, evolve and offer new energy to old forms. 

Having been a designer for some time now, it always feels brilliant to be surprised by art. To experience a fresh perspective or be confronted with something truly original fuels my own creativity.

There’s always something out there to be inspired by — and platforms like Instagram certainly make it easier to encounter. An artist whose work I’ve been loving lately is Maxine Manga, who publishes his work under the Instagram handle Born and based in Cameroon, his colourful collages that fuse geometric shapes, textural elements, photography and fonts, feel vibrant and optimistic.

With a self-described Afrofuturistic style, Maxine’s motto is “using diversity to create uniqueness”. Working in the medium of digital collage since 2016, his bright, high-impact illustrations have led him to work with the likes of Adidas and The New Yorker.

Having completed a computer science degree in 2019, his art fuses digital elements and a contemporary outlook with a traditional artistic format.

Maxime is also a frequent collaborator with other artists and digital creators, adding or integrating layers of his style to their work — and by doing so, pushing the boundaries on the meaning of ‘collage’. He often shares videos giving a behind-the-scenes look of his process, and others where he talks through his thoughts on creativity and art.

It’s refreshing to see an artist bringing such a compelling energy to their work, and finding ways to share their individual style (and story) with the world.

And I love seeing creatives share and build on each other’s ideas, bring old art forms to life and use their unique vision — and technology — to produce something completely new.

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