Peter Max
Peter Max
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Peter Max


Peter Max

#11891 1992


25.5" x 31.25"


 Peter Max (born Peter Max Finkelstein, October 19, 1937) is a German-American artist known for using bright colors in his work. Works by Max are associated with the visual arts and culture of the 1960s, particularly psychedelic art and pop art.

Max was born in Berlin, the son of German Jews, Salla and Jakob.[1] They fled Berlin in 1938, settling in Shanghai, China, where they lived for the next ten years.[2] Peter's time in Shanghai influenced much of his later work. He loved the colours and the "calligraphic ballet" that he witnessed daily at the Buddhist temple across the street from the family villa.[3]

In 1948, the family moved to Haifa, Israel, where they lived for several years. Peter attended school in Mount Carmel, but was often drawing instead of taking notes. His principal suggested to his parents that he be put in art lessons after school, and he began to study under Professor Hünik, a Viennese Expressionist.[3]

From Israel, the family continued moving westward and stopped in Paris for several months—an experience that Max said greatly influenced his appreciation for art. In their short time in Paris, Max's mother enrolled him in drawing classes at the Louvre, where he began to study Fauvism.[4] After nine months in Paris, Max and his family made their final move, settling in Brooklyn, New York, USA.

Max and his parents first settled in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, in 1953 where he attended Lafayette High School, classmates with future actor Paul Sorvino. In 1956, Max began his formal art training at the Art Students League of New York in Manhattan, studying anatomy, figure drawing and composition under Frank J. Reilly who had studied at the League alongside Norman Rockwell.[5]


Peter Max Biography

"My life's journey has been an odyssey through time and space, filled with vivid moments, abundant with color, dazzling with sights, and vibrant with euphonic sounds. These moments collectively create my story, not only of who I was but also of who I was to become - an artist living in New York City, where I have been fortunate to reach a global audience with my art and philosophy." - Peter Max

 “There is such a thing as a creative reservoir within; the more you work, the more you have access to it.” - Peter Max

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Selected One-Man Exhibitions

  • Beaumont Art Museum, Beaumont, Texas
  • Brooks Memorial Art Gallery, Memphis, Tennessee
  • Charleston Art Center, Charleston, West Virginia
  • Clinton Presidential Center, Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Colorado Springs Fine Art Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
  • Battle Creek Civic Art Center, Battle Creek, Michigan
  • Beaumont Art Museum, Beaumont, Texas
  • Dane G. Hanson Foundation, Logan, Kansas
  • El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, Texas
  • Fine Arts Exhibition Program, St. Edwards University, Austin, Texas
  • Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, Texas
  • Huntington Gallery, Huntington National Bank, Columbus, Ohio
  • Jacksonville Art Museum, Jacksonville, Florida
  • Joslyn Gallery, Yakima Valley Community College, Yakima, Washington
  • M.H. de Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco, California
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
  • Museum of The Southwest, Midland, Texas
  • Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn, New York
  • National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C.
  • Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, California
  • Orange Coast College Library, Costa Mesa, California
  • Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona
  • Pushkin Museum of Fine Art, Moscow, Russia 
  • Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester, Vermont
  • Staatliche Kunsthalle, Berlin, Germany
  • State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
  • St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Florida
  • Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, Florida 
  • Tennessee State Museum, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Troy-Miami County Public Library, Troy, Ohio
  • University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • University of Kansas, Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence, Kansas
  • University of Montana, Missoula, Montana
  • Waco Creative Art Center, Waco, Texas
  • Wichita Art Museum, Wichita, Kansas 


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