Maximilla Lukacs was born in Budapest, Hungary and moved to California with her family when she was nine. 

A deft storyteller, Lukacs’ dreamy, psychedelic and bohemian pieces embrace both her background in fine art and her deep passion for social activism.

She studied film and fine art at the San Francisco Art Institute. As an award winning filmmaker and fine artist, her works have been showcased at prestigious galleries and film festivals around the globe and featured in publications such as Vanity Fair, T Magazine and The Huffington Post. 

As a director, she has helmed countless commercials and short films for Topshop, Urban Outfitters, T Magazine, Minnetonka, Johnson & Johnson, Orla Kiely and the BBC as well as music videos for Courtney Love, Karen Elson, First Aid Kit, Lou Doillon, Flo Morrissey and Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros.

In 2012, Lukacs co-founded the creative collective The Department of Peace. Focused on inspiring young people toward political action, TDP has partnered with Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon,, The Rainforest Alliance and others to create a series of hugely successful PSAs. Featuring influential artists such as Lena Dunham, Miranda July and Susan Sarandon, Lukacs’ playfully creative PSAs have garnered millions of views, as well as critical acclaim from publications such as The Washington Post and Time Magazine. 

She currently resides in Los Angeles.



T Magazine, BBC, Nowness, Johnson and Johnson, Urban Outfitters, Fresh, Topshop, Minnetonka, Orla Kiely, Mercado Sagrado, The Rainforest Alliance, Artists Against Fracking, Wren, Samantha Pleet, Third Man Records, XL Recordings, Wichita Records, Move On, Taschen, Verve, YouTube


First Aid Kit, Courtney Love, Karen Elson, Edward Sharp and The Magnetic Zeros, Lou Doillon, Joanna Newsom, Guards, Flo Morrissey, Jessica Tonder, The Entrance Band, Jonquil, Bo Bruce, Lavender Diamond, Paz Lenchantin, The Cairo Gang, Ren Harvieu, The Like, A Camp, David Pajo


Selected Exhibitions

World Wide Women "Ritual", The Cob Gallery, London 2014

"Projections: A Festival of Rare and Hard to See Films" curated by Aaron Rose, Roberts and Tilton, Los Angeles 2012

"The Selby Store", Colette, Paris 2009

"Full of Light", Phantom Gallery, Los Angeles 2009