Max Band was born in Lithuania where he struggled with a difficult childhood. After losing his father at the three and his mother only two years later Band grew up under challenging conditions.
He eventually decided to leave his hometown to move to Germany for three years in order to study painting at the ‘Acamdemie Libre’ and in 1923 moved on to Paris where he met and befriended the artists of the ‘School of Paris’. He worked with these on further developing his technique before deciding to settle in New York upon the break out of World War Two.
The influences of the painters of this era are extremely apparent in Band’s work later aiding him in gaining international recognition. He exhibited in a number of successful shows in New York before his death in 1974.