Peter Max was born in Berlin in 1937 and spent his childhood in Shanghai. From China, the family went to Tibet for a year, and then on to Israel. His family's odyssey continued to Paris, and finally, at the age of 16, Max arrived in the United States. He began his art studies in New York at the Art Student's League and continued at the Pratt Institute and School of Visual Arts. Max, who is known throughout the world and is a household name in America, is famous for his new age style, cosmic imagery and multi-colored blends. During the late 60's and early 70's, his colorful art reached millions of people and he won numerous major awards for his work. His paintings, drawings and limited edition graphics have been exhibited in major museums throughout the world.
Peter Max is a
multi-dimensional creative artist. He has worked with oils, acrylics,
water colors, finger paints, dyes, pastels, charcoal, pen, multi-colored
pencils, etchings, engravings, animation cells, lithographs, serigraphs,
silk screens, ceramics, sculpture, collage, video and computer graphics.
He loves all media, including mass media as a "canvas" for his creative
As in his prolific creative output, Max is as passionate in his creative input. He loves to hear amazing facts about the universe and is as fascinated with numbers and mathematics as he is with visual phenomena.
"If I didn't choose art, I would have become an astronomer," states Max, who became fascinated with astronomy while living in Israel, following a ten-year upbringing in Shanghai, China. "I became fascinated with the vast distances in space as well as the vast world within the atom," says Max.
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