Berlin-born Peter rose to fame in the 1960s, when he became known for his psychedelic art and pop art.
The son of German Jews, born on October 19, 1937, he fled Berlin as a baby and grew up in Shanghai for the first decade of his life, before moving to and Israel and eventually settling in Brooklyn.
In the 1960s, he set up an art studio in Manhattan with his friend Tom Daly, soon he was well- known for his counter-culture pieces as he cemented himself at the heart of the Pop Art movement.
In 1963, Peter (pictured in 1967) married Elizabeth Nance, and the pair had two children, Adam Cosmo and Libra Astro. The pair divorce in 1976. He went on to have a string of high profile relationships, before meeting Mary Balkin on a Manhattan sidewalk in 1996
Peter Max with his first wife and son in October 1967 at his home in New York
He later was commissioned by the US Postal Service to create a stamp, and amassed his fortune through becoming the official artist for dozens of major events including the World Series, the 1994 World Cup, the Super Bowl, the Grammy Awards, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
He has also been the official artist for the US Winter Olympics team and his work is very popular on cruise ship auctions. In 2015, he painted