Peter Max
Peter Max
Celebrated Name: Peter Max
Real Name/Full Name: Peter Max Finkelstein
Gender: Male
Age: 86 years old
Birth Date: 19 October 1937
Birth Place: Berlin, Germany
Nationality: German, American
Height: 1.78 m
Weight: 76 Kg
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Widower
Wife/Spouse (Name): Elizabeth Ann Nance (m.1963-1976), Mary Balkin (m. 1997-2019)
Children/Kids (Son and Daughter): Yes (Adam Cosmo Max, Libra Astro Max)
Dating/Girlfriend (Name): N/A
Is Peter Max Gay?: No
Profession: Artist
Salary: $5 million
Net Worth in 2024: $65 million
Last Updated: June 2024

Peter Max is a German-American artist who is known for his graphic style of the artistry of using bright colors in his works. His works are associated with the visual arts and culture of the1960s. Changed the way the world views contemporary art. He incorporated elements of astronomy in his paintings as he was deeply engrossed in that field of science.

Maybe you know about Peter Max very well, but do you know how old and tall is he and what is his net worth in 2024? If you do not know, we have prepared this article about details of Peter Max’s short biography-wiki, career, professional life, personal life, today’s net worth, age, height, weight, and more facts. Well, if you’re ready, let’s start.

Early Life & Biography

Peter Max Finkelstein was born in Berlin on 19th October 1937 to Jewish parents Salla and Jacob Max Finkelstein. The family ran from Germany and settled in Shanghai, China, in 1938 to escape Nazism. They stayed there for ten years, and in 1948, they traveled to Haifa in the newly independent state of Israel. Peter grew up there learning painting and colorization with Professor Honik, a Viennese Fauve Expressionist. Over the next few years, Peter and his family traveled a lot, especially towards the west, before finally settling in the United States.

Personal Life

Max married his first wife Elizabeth Ann Nance in 1963, and the couple had two kids, son Adam Cosmo Max and daughter Libra Astro Max. They got divorced in 1976 after a married life of about 13 years.

Max met Rosie Vela, an American model in 1976. They broke-up in 1985.

Peter Max met his second wife, Mary Max (nee. Balkin), in 1996 in Manhattan. They dated for a year before getting married in 1997. In June 2019, news came out that 52-year-old Mary Balkin Max has committed suicide, and the cause of her death was nitrogen asphyxiation.

Age, Height, and Weight

Being born on 19 October 1937, Peter Max is 86 years old as of today’s date 16th June 2024. His height is 1.78 m tall, and his weight is 76 kg.


Peter took classes at the Louvre Museum for several months when the family stayed in Paris. In 1963, his family settled in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, where he attended the Lafayette High School. His formal art training began in 1956 at the Arts Students League of New York under a realistic painter called Frank Reilly.

In 1962, he started a small art studio called ‘The Daly and Max Studio’ with his friend Tom Daly. Meade Lux Lewis, an art director of a record company, assigned him to paint the cover for a record album, and it became trendy.

On 15th August 1968, Max appeared in The Tonight’s Show and was featured on the cover of Life magazine on 5th September 1969. In 1970, an exhibition ‘The World of Peter Max’ was held at M.H. de Young Memorial at San Francisco, which featured many of his posters and paintings. His works soon became a rage among the youth and were displayed in almost all University campuses across America. He painted for 5 U.S. presidents: Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton. He also served as the official artist for numerous international games and events.

Awards & Achievements

In 2010, Peter Max was honored with The Black Alumni of Pratt (BAP) with Pinnacle Alumni in Art and Design.

Net Worth & Salary of Peter Max in 2024

Peter Max Net Worth
Peter Max Net Worth

As of June 2024, Peter Max’s net worth is a whopping $65 million. His salary can roughly approximately $5 million per year. His source of income is solely from his art studio, which his daughter is currently the owner of and the various exhibitions for his paintings that are held around the world.

Peter owns a cruise line arts sales company named Peter Max creations. Recently, this company was a subject of extensive investigation from because of scam where the paintings sold were not made by Max, but other artists and Max just signed. This happened because the 86-year-old artist has severe dementia and is not even in the condition to understand which year is going on presently.

A ballistic painter, Peter Max, keeps on stimulating many budding artists around the world.


  1. I was friends with Peter Max during our New York Art Student Days. He wasn’t interested in realism as I was. Designing his painting was more important to him. He has the ability to paint portraits at the professional level, This is something most design/abstract artists are unable to do. He is a special talent.
    Martin Berliner


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