“I work with unplanned subjects, drawn from life experiences and acute observation of the world around me”


Internal Saboteur 220 x 200. x 5cm FOR SALE

Internal Saboteur Series

All of us have an internal ‘voice’ that acts as a disrupter to our happiness and potential success. The Internal Saboteur captures the impact of this, with the figures portraying different emotions and feelings, good and bad, positive and negative, it is indeed a chaotic world that we live in and sometimes we are so desperate to avoid.The development of this series was inspired by what it looks like when someone faces their own internal demons.

We live in a society where we are constantly judged, with all of us being our own worst critics. This body of work demonstrates how these thoughts cause us to feel, highlighting what it looks like to be pulled in two different directions at once.We all have our Internal Saboteur; it is deeply embedded within our minds and for some of us it is more active than for others.  The inner voice we all possess is potentially exacerbated by the noise of the online world, and our interaction with the often-toxic social media creates the risk of us triggering our negative self-talk, reinforcing our own view of ourself and how we believe the world perceives us, spiralling us into self-doubt and a lack of a sense of belonging.

The figurations within the works are a result of an exploration into the source of our self-sabotage. It brings to the surface our own awareness of this often-vicious cycle. Maico Camilo has been exploring this topic for many years now and for him this was the right time to bring it out into the open and to help others who suffer from this inner voice. These works have no answers as to what is real or not, but ultimately, they open the door to questions which at some point we all must face. In summary, while the internal saboteur can be a powerful force that holds us back, it is possible to face and overcome it. By becoming aware of our negative self-talk and limiting beliefs, practicing self-compassion and self-care, and seeking support from others, we can break free from our self-sabotaging patterns and achieve our full potential. Maico Camilo’s work on the Internal Saboteur serves as a reminder that we all struggle with this inner voice, but with perseverance and self-awareness, we can triumph over it.




LOLITA 180 x 170cm

Maico Camilo is developing a whole body of primitive/naive, very child like artworks for his forthcoming solo exhibition at Artbay Gallery in feb 2024.

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Recent Exhibitions

ArtSelect Gallery

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Auckland Museum

Te Taunga Gallery – March to October 2023 *Showcasing Internal Saboteur 220 x 200 x 6cm