Maurice's mum Joselyn, never let her children buy a birthday card, they had to create them. She filled their school holidays with art classes, candle making, enamelling, tie-dying, silk painting, origami and painting. When dinner parties happened at home, Maurice and his brother and sister created decorations over the ceilings and walls and tables. They were always encouraged to be creative.
So becoming an architect was a natural evolution (1985 B.Arch hons).
Beyond his five years as an architect what followed was a life long passion for design, visual, arts and creativity.
Maurice also comes from a corporate background where he’s a master of creative business development. CEO & founder, Ark Group 1992 - 2008
“ Maurice Goldberg created some of the fastest growing and most forward thinking businesses in Australia. He has been three times listed in BRW Magazines Fast100 and over 25 years been the CEO of businesses in Financial Services, Real Estate, Marketing, Finance and Design. His passion is to take people beyond what they think is possible... in business and in the whole of their lives. “
In the Global Financial Crisis Maurice went through a very dark period and it became a time of forced reflection. It became an opportunity to reprioritise and he felt that the corporate arena was not going to support his fulfilment. Becoming a professional artist was a clear decision however it was a quandary to be once an established business leader and now an emerging visual artist! He is humbled and excited to once more be at the early stages of his career and in an arena that he truely feels he can make a significant difference to peoples lives.
"Im still bringing my creativity to the business world but most of my time is now spent in the studio… creating art. Art can be evocative, or decorative but for me it has to have a purpose… to disrupt lazy, unuseful and habitual thinking. Thinking leads to behaviour and when behaviour is not evolutionary but destructive it needs to be challenged. Visual arts is the perfect place to challenge because it causes reaction and opens dialogue on our behaviour and causes us to wake up and fight for a “better” perspective. "