Maxwell Rasche Brings Soul To Miami Beach

Why DPA Universe’s Maxwell Rasche is an artist to watch.

Max Rasche photo

Maxwell is an urban artist who appears to dabble in everything. Scrolling through his website and blog, DPA Universe, you will find everything from extraordinary photography and muralism to typography and design. The crazy part: he’s good at all of it. Jetset Times asked Maxwell to share with us where he gets his inspiration: how the cities he visits are reflected in his many mediums, and what drives his urban artwork. He founded DPA Universe only three years ago in 2010, but already his portfolio speaks volumes to his ability to capture the soul of a city – especially Miami – be it through a brush, spray can, or lens.

So, tell us about DPA Universe.

The DPA Universe is my creative life, the things that inspire me and my own work and art. It is the name under which I create, and the way I share things that make me want to create. I also provide a variety of top-level creative services in a transparent and collaborative manner. I like to help make people’s dreams regarding their brand, product or event come true in exactly the way they had envisioned it.

Do you feel that your artwork is affected by the places you travel?

My work is heavily influenced by location and travel. It seems like everywhere I go I pick up some aspect of the culture or aesthetic and apply it to what I am doing at that time. Shortly after moving to Miami, colorful and vibrant sunset-like gradations began appearing in my illustrative and logo works. The coolest thing about travel in general is that every place you go adds another layer to the way we view life. In that way, virtually every city I’ve been has transformed me in some way big or small.

What city has stolen your heart most recently?

Living in Miami has shaped my daily view on life. Living there you get a taste of a number of cultures and lifestyles, many of them the polar opposites of each other! On the same block you can see an outrageously expensive exotic sports car next to a homeless person just scraping by… The economic disparity is interesting here. Most important to me however, is my newfound appreciation for the Atlantic Ocean. Staring out over the water toward the horizon on a daily basis gives you a sense of place in life, kind of like looking up at a sky full of stars.

Take some time to look through Maxwell’s eleven visions of Miami. Notice the way he captures everyday life, and makes it extraordinary.

For more of Maxwell’s work, check out the following pages: DPA UniverseFacebook, FlickrBehance.

Check out the slideshow of Maxwell’s photographs below:

Lena Kazer

Lena is a Chicago native, her travel style consists of red cowboy boots that make her feel like she can take over the world. She adores Peru and can't travel without her journal to draw or write in.

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