Peter Max is a German-born American abstract and psychedelic artist who rose to fame during the 1960s when the hippie movement was sweeping the United States. Born Peter Max Finkelstein on October 19, 1937 in Berlin, Germany, Peter Max had an extremely interesting and untraditional childhood. In 1938 his parents fled Germany and settled in Shanghai, China, where they remained for ten years. After that they spent time in Israel followed by some time in Paris. In 1953, Peter and his parents settled in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn and in 1956 Peter Max began his formal art training at the Art Students League of New York in Manhattan. Peter Max’s colorful art and unique drawings first became popular on posters that became trendy in college dorms. His work soon spread to colleges across the country, accelerated by his fascination with new printing techniques that enabled four-color reproductions to be created quickly. Peter Max soon branched out to putting his art on commercial items such as stamps and airplanes! As of 2014, Peter Max still lives and works in New York.
Below is a list of facts about Peter Max:
• In the 1960s, Peter Max created a line of artsy clocks for the General Electric Company. His work was licensed by 72 corporations and he became a household name.
• Peter Max’s designs were also used in the fashion world. For example, a line of women’s stockings were available in the 1960s that bore his colorful patterns.
• Peter Max’s artwork appeared on the stage at the Woodstock concert/music festival in 1969.
• Peter Max has made appearances on “The Tonight Show,” “The Ed Sullivan Show,” and he even appeared on the cover of “Life” magazine.
• Peter Max is a vegetarian and a defender of human and animal rights.