Max Miller was born into an artist family in 1980 in Greensboro, North Carolina. After a number of years in North Carolina and Texas, he moved to Charleston, South Carolina in 1991. He attended the Governor's School of the Arts in Furman in 1997, then enrolled as a sculptor at the College of Charleston in 1998 and eventually moved into painting. His study of art history and a visit to the Museo del Prado in 2000 solidified his love of the Renaissance and Baroque, particularly the paintings of those periods. Around the same time, he helped to develop and create in Charleston what later became Redux Studios, a nonprofit art organization that originated from Untitled Gallery, a space run by local art students.
He graduated in 2001 with a double major in art history and studio art and immediately began painting full-time. The artist currently lives and works in Charlotte, North Carolina with his wife, a medical student. He is represented by galleries in Louisiana, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and is available for commissions.
"I chose to pursue post-undergraduate studies in a more classical tradition in Florence, Italy. At Charles H. Cecil Studios students are trained in a regimented process that mirrors the atelier traditions of previous centuries. It is my goal to assimilate the classical teachings of the atelier method with a more modern mode of thought, thus achieving a synthesis of old and new. My paintings are often thematically influenced by my dreams. I find the sleeping state to be a cache of inspiration, whether a painting idea comes to me fully realized or as a fleeting vision that stays with me and grows into an image later. I am constantly chasing ‘truth’ in my work and that has led me to develop what I call ‘metaphysical realism.’ The paintings I create are not only a visual record of a person, or a group of people, but illustrations of more than just their physical aspect. By bringing metaphysical elements such as thoughts and interactions into the visual field, I feel I am more accurately representing the truth of the scene or the person depicted, and telling a more complete story."