Max is an American illustrator, children's author, and art educator based in Fredrikstad, Norway. He has written and illustrated over 25 children's books and graphic novels for the Norwegian market, with many of these titles being translated into French, English, and German. As a freelance illustrator, Max has worked with a diverse range of clients, from Obama for America to the Wall Street Journal. He holds an MFA from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and a BFA in Communication Design from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. Max has taught a variety of illustration courses online for the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee since 2009, and joined the School of Visual Studies at MU as an adjunct lecturer in 2020.