Enter the Whimsical World of Peter Max

The art of Peter Max is everywhere in American pop culture. His role as one of the pioneers of the psychedelic art movement of the 1960’s has firmly cemented him as one of the most well-known artists in the country. Max has enjoyed huge success over the course of his long career, and yet he still shows no signs of stopping. The 76-year-old continues to open dozens of galleries every year, and the drive to create has not waned. Quoted in a recent article in the Huffington Post, Max shed some light on how he keeps up his prolific output. “Being in the creative moment, I love much more than the finished piece. As I create art, it is like a love affair. My days go by loving what I do.”


Max was born in Germany but spent much of his childhood in Shanghai, where his parents encouraged his artistic pursuits with and endless supply of art supplies and the freedom to create whatever he wanted wherever he wanted. After 10 years in China and a a few more in Israel and Paris, Max settled in New York in 1953, bringing with him a rigorous work ethic and drive to improve his artistic abilities. After studying Realism at the Art Students League in Manhattan, Max spent most of the 1960’s working in graphic arts, collages, posters and psychedelic art, an output which would later come to be known as the Cosmic 60’s. His artistic expression of the spirit of the times earned him huge success, and catapulted Max into his status which he still retains as a cultural icon.


Today, Max claims more artistic achievements than can be listed in a single blog post. Among these:


  • He has been named the official artist of numerous world-renowned sporting events, including the 2006 U.S. Winter Olympic Team, 5 Super Bowls, the World Cup USA, and the World Series.
  • He has painted a Boeing 777 jet and a Norwegian cruise ship.
  • He started the Integral Yoga Institute after spending time with and learning from the spiritual teacher Satchidananda Saraswait.
  • He appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show, the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, and the cover of Life Magazine.


Barnett Fine Art has two Peter Max original paintings available which showcase his judicious use of color and his warm, playful style. “Double Profiles” and “Flowers on Blue Yellow and White” can be seen below. For more Peter Max art, please see our Peter Max page.


Peter Max Double Profiles


Peter Max Flowers on Blue Yellow and White

Peter Max Double Profiles

About Barnett Fine Art

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