Born in Germany in 1937, Peter Max did not develop a passion for art until he and his family relocated to China during the Nazi movement. When he moved to the United States, he settled in Brooklyn and studied at the Art Student League in Manhattan under George Bridgeman. In 1962, he opened his first studio. After a series of special commissions and successful exhibits, his popularity grew and grew. He often uses American symbols and icons in his artwork. Max was named an official artist of the U.S. Olympic Team at the Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy; after reaping the same tribute for the World Cup USA, the World Series, the Grammy’s, the US Open, the Indy 500, the New York City Marathon, the Kentucky Derby, and five NFL Super Bowls.