in EXPLORE July 14, 2007
This is an authentic original by Peter Max, in an art gallery.
Peter Max (born October 19, 1937 as Peter Finkelstein) is an American Pop artist.
He was born in Berlin, Germany and raised in Shanghai, China and in Israel before his family settled in the United States in 1953. The young artist trained in New York at the Art Students League, Pratt Institute, and the School of Visual Arts. He adopted the name "Max" from another student and aspiring artist in the Art Student's League (Max Oppenheim, born NYC in 1930). After completing his studies, Max opened a design studio and gained success as a designer for books, posters and products. Max closed his studio in 1964 and began making his signature colorful silkscreens.
Max's art work, which he called "up art," was a part of the psychedelic movement in graphic design. His work was influential and much imitated in advertising design in the late 1960s and early 1970s. One of Continental Airlines' Boeing 777 aircraft (registered N77014) sports a special livery designed by Max.