Peter Max was born Peter Max Finkelstein, on October 19, 1937 in Berlin, Germany. He is a Jewish American illustrator and graphic artist. At first, works in this style appeared on posters and were seen on the walls of college dorms all across America. Max then became fascinated with new printing techniques that allowed for four-color reproduction on product merchandise. Following his success with a line of art clocks for General Electric, Max’s art was licensed by 72 corporations and he had become a household name. In September 1969 Max appeared on the cover of Life Magazine with an eight-page feature article, as well as The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and The Ed Sullivan Show.
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, xerox, fax, and computer graphics. He loves all media; even including mass media as a "canvas" for his creative expression.
Max's art work was first identified as having been a popular part of the counter culture and psychedelic movements in graphic design during the late 1960s and early 1970s. His work was both influenced by, as well as widely imitated by, others in the field of commercial illustration, such as Heinz Edelmann. Peter Max' repetitive and varying claim to have worked on "Yellow Submarine" has been denied by the production team. He has been the official artist for many major events including the 1994 World Cup, the Grammy Awards, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the Super Bowl. Even one of Continental Airlines' Boeing aircraft sported a special livery designed by Max.
Peter Max often uses patriotic American icons and symbols in his artwork. He has created paintings of presidents Ford, Carter, Reagan and Bush in addition to his 100 Clinton's. His work often features images...