Born in Berlin in 1937, to internationally transient parents, Peter Max permanently moved to New York City in 1953. It was there that Max became influenced by Pop culture. In the 1960s, Max developed his "cosmic" 60s illustration style, characterized by distinctive line work and bold color combinations, and inspired by “new-age” meditative and spiritual teachings. This style granted Max an eight-page cover story in Life Magazine that confirmed he had captured the imagination of a generation. In the 1970's Max's work shifted as he became devoted to canvas painting. He has been designated the Official Artist for the Grammys, the New Orleans Jazz Festival and the Woodstock Music Festival.