Peter Max is an American artist known for using bright colors in his work.
He was born in Berlin, Germany. In 1938, Max’s parents escape the fomenting Nazi movement and settling in Shanghai, China. After that, they continue to emigrate and in 1953, settling in United States of America. In 1956, Max began to study studying anatomy, figure drawing and composition under at the Art Students League of New York in Manhattan.
In 1962, Max started a small Manhattan arts studio known as “The Daly & Max Studio,” with friend Tom Daly. Much of their work incorporated antique photographic images as elements of collage. Max’s interest in astronomy contributed to his self-described “Cosmic ’60s” period, which featured what became identified as psychedelic, counter culture imagery. Max’s art was popularized nationally through TV commercials such as his 1968 “un cola” ad for the soft drink 7-Up which helped drive sales of his art posters and other merchandise.
In 1970, many of Max’s products and posters were featured in the exhibition “The World of Peter Max,” which opened at the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum in San Francisco. In July 4, 1976, Max began his Statue of Liberty series leading to his efforts with Chrysler CEO Lee Iacocca to help in the restoration of the statue.
~Impressions~ His work is very colorful and individual. I like his illustration because his works is colorfully daring and attractive. I thought Peter Max is amazing that truly familiar with color usage.