Sherry and I welcome you to our main, “Flagship” website, which shares my artistic and insights related to art, creativity and life. This is not your normal commercial website, as you will discover!
Thanks to God, my wife, and people in all 50 states and over 68 countries who have purchased my art over the years, I haven’t had a “real” job since 1978! This was when Sherry and I started our fine art business in the woods of Southeast Texas! We actually got down to $40 in the bank, before our art business took off, by the grace of God. I was 27 years old at the time.
God made me an artist when I was born in December of 1951. I graduated from TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY with an Architectural degree in 1974. I practiced architecture in Dallas and then adverting in Los Angeles until the spring of 1978. Since that time, the sale of my fine art has supported my family, our employees and our subcontractors. If you are one of the people who have purchased my art over the years, THANK YOU!
Today, my artistic work includes drawings, paintings, sculpture, memorials, jewelry and a high quality line of art gifts. All need a good home! You can also see my photography, graphic design, writing, architecture, landscape architecture and my early work on this website.
Good art transcends time. It remains valuable long after the latest electronic gadget is obsolete. In November of 2017, a 500 year old portrait of Christ, “Salvator Mundi”, by Leonardo Da Vinci sold for $450.3 million dollars! Compared to that, my art is a real bargain!
Historically, ancient cultures are judged by their art and architecture. Good visual art can provide intellectual stimulation, beauty, pleasure, joy, peace, satisfaction, inspiration and even spiritual enlightenment. You won’t get that from your stock certificate or microwave oven!
Great art and design are not about price, size, medium or style. They are about creativity, imagination and the skill needed to execute a high quality design. For example, my art creations range in price from $4 to $2,000,000. They measure 3/4” to 77’7” in size. The creativity needed to produce a good piece of jewelry, logo or painting is the same as required to produce a good monumental sculpture or piece of architecture.
Personally, I believe the greatest creative accomplishments of mankind were actually inspired by the Holy Spirit. This applies to all the arts, and other forms of creativity and invention. Because God made us in His image, He gave us the intellect, talent, imagination, desire and the skill to create. God also gave us the right to choose how we use His gifts in our lives.
God put creativity in my DNA from birth. Teachers and mentors encouraged me to explore and not to limit my imagination. Therefore, creativity flows out of me in many forms. I can’t help it!
My early efforts included drawings, paintings, sculptures, jewelry, graphic design, photography, architecture, taxidermy and creative writing. In 1970, I published my first article in a national magazine, during my senior year in high school, the same year I fell in love with my future wife, Sherry.
By the grace of God, I had wonderful parents, grandparents, friends, teachers, mentors and a wife who believed in me. I was encouraged to “follow my heart”. I did not realize until architecture school that it was very unusual to be proficient in different creative fields. Most artists specialize their entire life. I could not do this.
One example of my creativity is our unique, passive solar, earth-sheltered studio/home, which can be viewed on this website. I designed the unusual structure between 1980 and 1998. It was built between 1998 and 1999. The solar atrium has two full size trees, a waterfall, and a freeform tree branch staircase. Numerous wood and stone murals can be found throughout the home. I also designed and made light fixtures, and other unique features that can be found nowhere else on earth.
During my lifetime, my art has included realism, impressionism, expressionism, surrealism, pop art and abstraction, not to mention some pretty creative “kitsch” taxidermy! My two dimensional art mediums are oil, acrylic, watercolor, charcoal, pen and ink. My sculptural mediums include gold, silver, bronze, brass, copper, steel, pewter, zinc and resin. No matter the size, medium or price, my goal has always been to create meaningful artwork of exceptional quality.
On this unusual website you will learn about my art, my creative process and my personal philosophy. You can also find God on this website. In the fall of 1976, God started Sherry and me on an amazing spiritual journey, filled with genuine miracles, prophecies, signs and wonders. The GOD STUFF portion of this website is dedicated to telling these true stories.
Finally, now that Sherry and I entered the last stage of our lives, we have figured out what is really important in life. It is blessing others, obeying God and living out our destiny. It is also about helping others achieve their own God-given destiny. I heard a quote attributed to Bill Gates. He said it is not how much money you make in this life, but how much you give away that counts. He is right. This applies to our money and time.
I also believe God has given Sherry and me one final major assignment: To establish free Sculpture Prayer Gardens across the world, to introduce people to the one true God. It is our desire to leave a path that others can follow into eternity. Click here to learn more about the God you loves you: www.maxgreinerart.com/1000years.htm
Click here for information on The Coming King Foundation: www.thecomingkingfoudation.org.
||"I can tell you that Max Greiner Jr. is a
volcano of imagination. I make this observation with reference to hundreds of design students I have seen over sixteen years. If there were a scale of physical and mental energy output, Max could be used as the standard by which others are measured."
Alan L. Stacell (1976)
Architecture Department Head
College of Environmental Design
Texas A&M University
"Max has the most fertile imagination
I have ever run across, bar none. He is refreshingly frank, honest and
unencumbered with game playing."
Rodney C. Hill (1976)
College of Environmental Design
Texas A&M University
"I have been an avid collector of quality wildlife art for over 30 years, my collection represents some of the finest artists of our time. I believe the pieces I have by Max Greiner Jr. rank amongst the best of my grouping and I recommend his art to any serious collector."
Doug Kittredge (1986)
Kittredge Bow Hut
Pope & Young Club
"I can't tell you how proud I am to have your beautiful sculpture in my office depicting the "Divine Servant"®.
Governor Mike Huckabee (1997)
Little Rock, Arkansas
Dr. Billy Graham received the "Divine Servant"® Bronze in 1991 and his son,
Franklin gave "The Empty Cross"™ to the government of North Korea in 2008, to
open the country for Jesus Christ.
Dr. James Dobson, founder of Focus On The Family prayed on 4/5/08 with Max & Sherry Greiner for the success of The Coming King Sculpture Prayer Garden in Kerrville, TX. The Greiner's daughter, Diana Shay and husband, Justin Evans joined the prayer.
"Your skill is incredible! I praise our great God and Savior, that He has given you this marvelous gift, and that you are using it to His glory. Praise God for what you and your marvelous ministry are doing!"
Dr. Bill Bright (2002)
"God broke the mold when He made Max Greiner!"
Campus Crusade For Christ
Dr. Henry Blackaby (2003)
Home Mission Board
Southern Baptist Convention
On 8/25/09, shortly before his death, Dr. Oral Roberts received "The Coming King"© 1/6 life-size sculpture from Dr. Tim and Cherrie' Peterson, pastors of Christian Family Church in Owatonna, MN. Robertson prayed with them for the fulfillment of the evangelistic Sculpture Prayer Garden vision.
On 5/9/2001, the first life-size (105%)
"The Coming King"® monumental bronze sculpture was installed at the TBN Studios in Costa Mesa, CA. Dr. Crouch did two international TV shows on the sculpture
and prayed for the artist/evangelist.