Peter Max (born Peter Max Finkelstein, October 19, 1937) is a German-born American illustrator and graphic artist, known for the use of psychedelic shapes and color palettes as well as spectra in his work. At first, this style was only used for the kinds of posters that hung in college dorms throughout America; but Max became fascinated with the new printing techniques that allowed for four-color reproduction on product merchandise, and began to utilize them in his works. Following his success with a line of art clocks for General Electric, Max’s art was licensed by 72 corporations, making him a household name.
Max boomed in popularity throughout the 1960′s, as his bold linear style and use of color exemplified the transcendental attitude of the era. He received numerous important commissions, such as the first “Preserve the Environment” Postage Stamp commemorating the World’s Fair in Spokane, Washington, and was even invited by President Reagan to paint six Liberty portraits for the White House. He has painted for a total of five U.S. presidents: Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, and Clinton. Over 50 galleries and 40 museums have exhibited his work worldwide, and he can be found throughout several prominent collections throughout the globe.
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