Maxim was born in 1981 in Monster, The Netherlands and started sand sculpting in 1998 by coincidence, taking part in a workshop. A few months later he participated in the International Sand Sculpting Competition in Scheveningen and the love for sand became bigger and bigger. After finishing his study of architecture in 2005 he almost works full time with sand. Participating in various competitions and festivals worldwide and teaching other people how to sculpt at the Sand Academy in The Netherlands. Maxim has received the titles of Dutch Champion and European Champion in sand sculpting in 2015.