Peter Max’s story begins in Germany where he was born in 1937. He and his family escaped the Nazis in 1938 and moved to Shanghai, China, where they lived for the next ten years. Max was introduced to art there by his parents, who would clean his brushes and mess, thus making it fun. Max was incredibly artistic from the moment he was born, enamored by color and constantly searching for ways to draw on everything (to the detriment of his mother). For Peter, color was paired with sound – an intense synesthesia. The ripple of crayons on a steamer trunk was the first memorable experience for the artist where he truly realized his love for sound and color. He was inspired by the revolution of the 60’s period and is most recently renown for his post 9/11 works. Most notably are the portraits of the 240+ NYFD and NYPD who died in the World Trade Center towers collapse and presented to each family of those who gave their lives.