Max Leiva , born in 1966, is a contemporary Guatemalan artist known for his expressive figurative sculptures. He studied for three years at the Rafael Rodríguez Padilla National School of Plastic Arts, and then enrolled in the National School of Plastic Arts. In 1991, in his third year of studies at the National School of Fine Arts, Leiva travelled to Bangkok on a UNESCO scholarship to study sculpture at Silpakorn University where he worked in clay and plaster directly with live models.
Upon his return from Bangkok -between 1993 and 1995-, he decided to set up a small workshop in his mother's house and began to teach. In 1996, the Guatemalan Olympic Committee gave him his first international commission: a sculpture of a Mayan Ball Player, to be installed at the Olympic Academy in Olympia, Greece.
He has participated in important sculpture symposia in different parts of the world and with the support of companies he organized the 1st and 2nd International Sculpture Festival “Guatemala Immortal”.
Levia is a participant in collective exhibitions and International Art Fairs in Miami, California, Colorado; among others. His last solo exhibitions, Museo de Arte del Salvador in 2016, "Pernexus" Guatemala City in 2018, "Synopsis" Palm Springs, California in 2019 and "Relieves" in Guatemala City in November 2022. Creator of several public monuments such as the Monument to Miguel Angel Asturias on Reforma Avenue, Guatemala City in 1999.
Currently, Max spends most of his time in his studio, where he prepares future exhibitions or carries out public and private projects.