Peter Max
Peter Max
Real Name/Full Name Peter Max Finkelstein
Nick Name/Celebrated Name: Peter Max
Birth Place: Berlin, Germany
Date Of Birth/Birthday: 19 October 1937
Age/How Old: 86 years old
Height/How Tall: In Centimeters – 178 cm
In Feet and Inches – 5′ 10″
Weight: In Kilograms – 76 Kg
In Pounds – 167 lbs
Eye Color: N/A
Hair Color: N/A
Parents Name: Father – Jacob Max Finkelstein
Mother – Salla Finkelstein
Siblings: N/A
School: Lafayette High School
College: Art Students League of New York
Religion: Christian
Nationality: German
Zodiac Sign: Libra
Gender: Male
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Widower
Girlfriend: N/A
Wife/Spouse Name: Elizabeth Ann Nance (m.1963-1976), Mary Balkin (m. 1997-2019)
Kids/Children Name: Yes (Adam Cosmo Max, Libra Astro Max)
Profession: Artist
Net Worth: $65 Million
Last Updated: April 2024

Peter Max is a German-born American artist recognized for using bright colours in his graphic style of artistry. His works represent the visual arts and culture in the 1960s. He specialized in psychedelic art and pop art. Also, he revolutionized the contemporary art world. Being a massive fan of science, Peter had elements of astronomy incorporated in his paintings.

Well, how well do you know about Peter Max? If not much, we have compiled all you need to know about Peter Max’s net worth in 2024, his age, height, weight, wife, kids, biography and complete details about his life. Well, if you’re all set, here is what we know about Peter Max to date.

Biography and Early Life

Peter was born in Berlin to German Jew parents Sala and Jacob. In 1937, due to Nazism, they fled Berlin, dwelling in China, where they lived for the next ten years. In 1948, the family relocated to Haifa, Israel, where they continued for numerous years. The family stopped in Paris after moving westwards from Israel for several months. Max said that his experience in Paris had greatly influenced his art appreciation, thus getting him eventually settling in Brooklyn, New York City.

Age, Height, Weight & Body Measurement

So, how old is Peter Max in 2024 and what is his height and weight? Well, Peter Max’s age is 86 years old as of today’s date 24th April 2024 having been born on 19 October 1937. Though, he is 5′ 10″ in feet and inches and 178 cm in Centimetres tall, he weighs about 167 lbs in Pound and 76 kg in Kilograms.


Max’s schooling began at Lafayette High School in 1953, in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, where his parents had first settled. There he was classmates with future actor Paul Sorvino. After three years, Max had his first formal art training at the Art Students League of New York in Manhattan. He studied anatomy, figure drawing, and composition following Frank J. Reilly, who had studied at the League alongside Norman Rockwell.

Personal Life: Dating, Girlfriends, Wife, Kids

Max wedded his first lady, Elizabeth Ann Nance, in 1963, but both parted in 1976. They had two children, Adam Cosmo Max and Libra Astro Max. He was also romantically connected with Rosie Vela and Tina Louise. Max espoused Mary Balkin in 1997, but she died by suicide (nitrogen asphyxiation).

Max was imprisoned for two months with a $30,000 fine. He was charged guilty because he concealed more than $1.1 million in income from the Internal Revenue Service. And, he was claimed chargeable of conspiracy to trick the IRS and an amount of tax evasion.

Max is an environmentalist, vegan, and advocate of human and animal rights. Max distributed $180,000 worth of his art to help the local Society restrict Cruelty to Animals.

Max lives in New York City. Max has acquired advanced dementia, an aftereffect of Alzheimer’s disease.

Is Peter Max Gay?

As far as Peter Max sexual orientation is concerned, he is not gay. He had past relationships, and currently, he is married and has two children and also he is living a joyful life with his family, which proves that he is not gay; he is straight.

Professional Career

Peter learned art at the Louvre Museum for some months while his parents were in Paris. Later, his family settled in Brooklyn in 1963, so he attended the Lafayette High School. A realistic painter called Frank Reilly tutored him at the Arts Students League of New York, the place where Max’s formal art training began.

In 1962, Max began an art studio called ‘The Daly and Max Studio’ partnering with his friend Tom Daly. Lux Lewis assigned him to paint a cover for a record album which grew to become trendy.

Max made his appearance in The Tonight’s Show. The Life Magazine had also featured him on the cover on 5th September 1969. ‘The World of Peter Max’ at M.H. de Young Memorial at San Francisco was made especially for Max to feature his paintings and posters.

Soon enough, the youth started enjoying his works, and many of his works were displayed on American University campuses. He lent his paint talent to 5 U.S. presidents: Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton. He was the sponsored artist for various global events and games.


In 2010, Peter Max was bestowed with The Black Alumni of Pratt (BAP) with Pinnacle Alumni in Art and Design. He was also awarded the Design Award in 2010 for his contributions to the art world and his considerable humanitarian work.

Net Worth, Salary & Earnings of Peter Max in April 2024

Peter Max Net Worth
Peter Max Net Worth

As of 2024, Peter Max’s net worth is about $65 million. His salary amounts to $5 million per year roughly. Usually, Lil made money from his art studio. Currently, his daughter is the art studio owner and the various global exhibitions for his paintings.

Besides, Peter owns a sales company of cruise line arts called Peter Max creations. But extensive investigations were held in this company due to a scam where the Paintings were illegally sold with Max and other artists’ signatures. The fraud happened due to the 83-year-old artist’s several medical dementias. He is not in a condition to decipher the current year correctly.

Some interesting facts:

  1. Max has been the official artist for the 1994 World Cup, the Grammy Awards, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Super Bowl, and many more.
  2. Max gifted Taylor Swift a portrait of her own when she had won Grammy for her albums. He has painted even more portraits to celebrate her global success.
  3. Max bought a Chevrolet Corvette collection for a future art project, but they rotten in a series of garages.
  4. He is known for using bursts of color, mainly containing colors of all the visible spectrum.

Max is a great modern artist, a pop culture icon who brought contemporary art to the USA. During his childhood, traveling worldwide gave him the extra edge in playing a significant role in portraying the way America views art. His unique symbolism and expressions in the art world made him very famous. Being a ballistic painter, Peter Max keeps on intimidating and inspiring many aspiring artists around the globe.


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