Peter Max (1937–)
Peter Max is one of the most important artists of our time. He evolved from a visionary pop artist of the 1960's to a master of neo-expressionism, and his techniques of vibrant color have become a part of the contemporary American culture.
In his global causes, Max is a passionate environmentalist and defender of human and animal rights. Max often uses American symbols in his artwork and has done paintings and projects for Presidents Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, and Clinton. In 1994, Max created a “Peace Accord” painting for the White House to commemorate the historic signing. Max has completed his fourth Grammy Award poster, redesigned NBC television’s symbolic peacock, was appointed as the official artist for 5 Super Bowls, the World Cup USA, the U.S. Tennis Open, and the NHL all-star game. Recently he created six poster images in response to the September 11th attacks. Proceeds from the sale of these works were donated to the September 11th, Twin Towers, and Survivors relief funds. In October 2002, Max created 356 portrait paintings of the firefighters who perished in the September 11th terrorist attacks. Each painting was presented to the surviving families of the firefighters at a ceremony at Madison Square Garden. Also in 2002, Harry N. Abrams, Inc published a new hardcover book, The Art of Peter Max, written by Charles Riley III, PhD.
Official Peter Max Website: http://www.petermax.com