Who is @MCRT.Studio? Rozelle Interviews Maxim.

@MCRT.Studio was formed in London where artists Maxim Chikanchi and Rozelle Tan met at University. Their first project working together was to create sculptures and murals for a boutique music festival in Bulgaria. Since then, their artworks as a duo gained instant attention, giving them the motivation and momentum to continually take on bigger clients. Today, @MCRT.Studio works out of a studio in Brisbane and Sydney Australia, travelling to clients within Australia and worldwide. The name of the studio was derived from the initials of the two founding artists.

For our first blog posts, we thought you would like to get to know the Artists on a personal level. The artists took the time to interview each other, read below what Rozelle got out of Max!

Photo by Seamus Platt

Photo by Seamus Platt

What is your full name?

Maxim Dmitrievich Chikanchi (Чиканчи Максим Дмитриевич)

Where were you born?

Voronezh, USSR (now Russian Federation)


How did you end up in Australia?

When I was studying art in London I was dating an Aussie girl from uni, and after we graduated, and the British winter rolled in, I decided to check out the Australian beaches. Once I was here, I fell in love - that girl is now my wife, and Australia - my home.


Why Art?

There’s a sense of belonging and satisfaction that comes from being in a beautiful space. I want to creatively transform spaces with my art. The world we live in already has enough negativity, I aim to bring some joy.

What is your favourite part of being an artist?

When you create a painting there’s a lot of planning and preparatory work involved, but when it all comes together in a final composition and you are fully immersed in the creation process, there are moments of meditation when you are realising you are making something beautiful. Those moments of pure creation are my favourite.

How long have you been making art for?

When I was 8 years old growing up in Russia, through the recommendation of my art teacher I was sent to a specialised art school. That is where I started my training in formal arts. I completed that education in University of the Arts London, and now at 29 years old I have been making art for over 20 years.


Favourite Book?

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy and/or Brave New World by Aldous Huxley


Favourite Song?

Sub-Culture by New Order


Favourite Movie?

 Boy by Taika Waititi


Top 3 artists? 

Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Lucian Freud


Favourite couple dead or alive?

Rodin and Camille Claudel 


A word of advice?

Art is a skill, if you keep making art you will eventually master that skill.

Photo by Seamus Platt

Photo by Seamus Platt

Rozelle Tan