Peter Max

Art on This Day

Berlin-born American Graphic Artist Peter Max was born on this day in 1937. Predominately known for his unique brand of psychedelic design work, which he has created since the early 1960s, Max’s painterly strokes and vivid hues are a staple of his Post-Modern approach to illustration, often incorporating a wide spectrum of colors and patterns. Though he considers himself a Neo-Expressionist, Max’s work is also closely related to the Pop Art movement of the post-war era. He and his family fled the Nazis in 1938 and moved to Shanghai, China, where they lived for the next ten years. Max was incredibly artistic from the moment he was born, enamored by color and constantly searching for ways to draw on everything (to the detriment of his mother). He travelled extensively before settling with his family in New York, NY. He proceeded to study at the Art Students League of New York, where he developed his lifelong painting practice. A political activist and environmentalist, Max has designed for past presidents throughout the 1980s and 1990s, including a painting to commemorate the signing of a peace accord in 1994. He currently lives and works in New York, NY.