Peter Max was a visionary artist of the 1960s whose psychedelic artworks became part of the fabric of contemporary American culture.
Peter Max was born in Berlin, Germany in 1937. He moved frequently with his family, living in Shanghai China for 10 years, moving to Haifa in Israel and travelling to Paris before settling in America. In the US, he had his first formal art training, studying at the Art Students League of New York. After graduating, he began developing his Cosmic ‘60s style – a bold linear type of painting, which depicted transcendental themes by employing (an often psychedelic take) on Fauvist use of colour. Dynamic and bold, this art style became synonymous with American culture – it celebrated principles of freedom and democracy by capturing some of America’s icons of freedom, including Lady Liberty and the American Flag; and Max’s work began fetching high prices. Max also famously painted for five American presidents: Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush and Clinton. These works, and his Cosmic ‘60s paintings and limited edition prints, appear in the collections of galleries around the world.
Max also wrote numerous books, including The Peter Max Book of Blue, The Peter Max Book of Red and The Peter Max Book of Needlepoint.
Some of his most famous paintings include UNIVERSAL HARMONY, Liberty Head and Flag With Heart – his works continue to increase in both value and popularity.