Peter Max was born in 1937 in Berlin Germany. Him and his parents continually relocated spending time in Africa, India, China, Israel, and Paris to escape the brutal realities of the Nazi Movement. Finally settling in Brooklyn, New York in 1953, he then attended the Art Students League of New York studying anatomy and figure drawing. Starting his own graphic design company in 1961, Max let the radical changes and free flowing love of the ‘60s to influence his work. Painting photo-realisticallywas no longer an interest; bold color fields and abstraction surfaced creating his psychedelic style. Now a cultural pop icon, Max has painted six U.S. presidents and has numerous graphic publications around the country. Currently, Ocean Galleries in Avalon, New Jersey, displayed the exhibition “Peter Max: A Tribute to America” in July of 2015.

peter max umbrella manUmbrella Man. Peter Max. 32.5 x 24. Mixed media acrylic and lithography, 1999.