Peter Max  (American/German, 1937) 

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Peter Max (American/German, b.1937) is a famed illustrator and graphic artist who specializes in Pop Art and Neo Expressionism ,and is known for his generous use of vibrant colors. Max was born in Berlin, Germany, but his family relocated to Nazi Germany. Then they settled in Shanghai, China, where they lived for 10 years. Afterward, they moved to Haifa, Israel. They stayed there for a few years and then spent a few months in Paris, France. It was in Paris where Max learned to appreciate art. In fact, he took art classes at the Louvre museum while his family lived there. In 1953, his family moved to the United States and settled in Bensonhurst, a neighborhood located in Brooklyn, NY. In 1956, Max began his first formal art training at the Art Students League of New York under the tutelage of Frank J. Reilly (American, 1906–1967). He went on to study at the School of Visual Arts in New York, NY.

In 1962, Max, along with Tom Daly, started a small art studio in New York City. Don Rubbo (American, b.1926) eventually joined The Daly & Max Studio, and the three worked together to create advertising images. Max's popularity grew when he created the advertising campaign un-cola for 7-Up in 1968. In 1970, the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum in San Francisco, CA, opened its exhibit The World of Peter Max, which featured various products and posters that Max had designed. In 1976, he began his Statue of Liberty series to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the United States.

Max has painted for six USpresidents and has artworks on display in various US embassies. In 1993, he painted his famous 100 Clintons installation. Max has also been the official artist for numerous major events, such as the Grammy Awards, the 1994 World Cup, and the Super Bowl. His painting 44 Obamas, which depicted Barrack Obama as the 44th president of the United States, debuted on The Early Show. Max currently lives and works in New York City.

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Peter Max, Peter Max # 32

 

Peter Max
Peter Max # 32
1987

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Peter Max, French Zero's Girlfriend

 

Peter Max
French Zero's Girlfriend
1990

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Peter Max, Walking in Reeds

 

Peter Max
Walking in Reeds
1991

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Peter Max, Liberty Head

 

Peter Max
Liberty Head
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Peter Max, French Zeros Girlfriend

 

Peter Max
French Zeros Girlfriend
1990

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Peter Max, Untitled

 

Peter Max
Untitled
2013

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Peter Max, Flag

 

Peter Max
Flag
2013

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Peter Max, Lady on Red With Floating Vase

 

Peter Max
Lady on Red With Floating Vase
1988

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Peter Max, Umbrella Man

 

Peter Max
Umbrella Man
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Peter Max, Jimi Hendrix

 

Peter Max
Jimi Hendrix, 1972
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Peter Max, Palm Tree

 

Peter Max
Palm Tree, 1979
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Peter Max, LIfe is So Beautiful - Stay Alive - Don't Smoke Cigarettes

 

Peter Max
LIfe is So Beautiful - Stay Alive - Don't Smoke Cigarettes, 1968
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1937   Born: Berlin, Germany
1937 - 1953   Raised in Shanghai, Tibet, South Africa, France and Israel
1953   Emigrated from Israel with his family to Brooklyn, NY
1956   Formal studies, Arts Students League, New York, NY
1962   Rented studio with Tom Daly in New York, NY
1965   Cover (photo) LIFE magazine
1974   Commissioned to create the first "Preserve the Environment" Postage Stamp commemorating Expo 74 for the World's Fair in Spokane, WA
1976   Commissioned to paint 235 Border Murals at entry points to Canada and Mexico by the U.S. General Services Commission
“Statue of Liberty” series begun
1981   Invited by President and Mrs. Reagan to paint six Liberty portraits for the White House, Washington, DC
1980 - 1989   Official artist for events including the Grammy Awards, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, The Super Bowl, and others
1992   invited by The United Nations to design twelve postage stamps commemorating the first Environmental Summit held in Rio de Janeiro
1994   Designated Official Artist for “World Cup USA '94”
2008   “New Works from Peter Max”, Angela King Gallery, New Orleans, LA
2007   “Peter Max: Maximum Exposure”, Tennessee State Museum, Nashville, TN
2007   “Peter Max and the Summer of Love”, The de Young Museum, San Francisco
2005   Colors of a Better World, Gallery M, Denver, CO
1993   Pop to Patriotism exhibition at The Corcoran Gallery of Art,Washington, DC
1992   Hermitage Museum St. Petersburg, Russia(traveled throughout Russia and other
1970   “The World of Peter Max” solo exhibition at the De Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco, CA
2002    Charles A. Riley II, “The Art of Peter Max”; Harry N. Abrams; October 1, 2002
1976    “Peter Max Paints America”, Devorss & Co; June 1976