Max G. Greiner, Jr. - Biography
Artist, Max Greiner, Jr. is somewhat a rarity today. He is a “Renaissance Man” in that he has achieved professional success in a variety of creative disciples. Most Artists limit themselves to only one or two areas of concentration during their lifetime. However, Max’s creative areas have included: drawing, painting, sculpture, product design, graphic design, photography, writing, architecture and landscape architecture. He has worked in most mediums and styles, including Realism, Impressionism, Expressionism, “Kitsch” Surrealism and Pop Art. However, the vast majority of his life's work has been Representational.
Greiner’s art is collected in all 50 states and in over 24 countries. His work is in the collections of Popes, Presidents, Governors, Captains of business and sports, music and TV stars. Max’s artwork has helped raise millions of dollars for charities, Christian colleges and ministries.
In the mid eighties, Max and his artwork underwent a dramatic transition as a result of several supernatural encounters with God. Today, Max’s art is focused on the Creator, not just His creation. Greiner now uses his God-given gifts, talents and abilities to lift up Jesus Christ before the world.
The Story Begins
The unusual story of Artist, Max G. Greiner, Jr. is still unfolding. It is a story of creativity, faith, blessing, personal hardship, disobedience, repentance, transformation, obedience, empowerment and miracles - hundreds of genuine, documented, supernatural miracles. The Greiner’s life that reads more like fiction than fact.
The Formative Years
Max Greiner, Jr. has been an Artist all his life. He credits God for his artistic talent and for giving him parents, teachers, mentors, friends and a wife, that trained, encouraged and inspired him to explore the limits of his creative abilities. Max has succeeded professionally in many disciplines during his lifetime, but imagination and creativity have always been the basis of his work. These disciplines have included drawing, painting, sculpture, jewelry, architecture, creative writing, photography, graphic design, advertising and even taxidermy during his teenage years. Max believes that his measure of success would not be possible, if God had not brought many key people into his life, at just the right time. These people had a profound influence on him.
Max Glen Greiner, Jr. was born on December 16, 1951, at the Air Force Base in
From the earliest age, Max developed a life-long love for art and nature. This led him into many outdoor experiences like hiking, backpacking, canoeing, archery, fishing and hunting. Max’s participation in the Boy Scouts earned him the highest rank of Eagle, and trips to Philmont National Scout Ranch and the 1967 World Jamboree.
Recognizing his God-given artistic talents at an early age, Max was encouraged by his parents and grand parents to pursue the hobbies of drawing, painting, sculpture and crafts. To avoid having to take piano lessons, like his younger sister, Carol, Max asked his parents to let him take art lessons instead. Therefore, twice a week, between the ages of 8 and 10, Max learned the basic fundamentals of drawing, painting from a real Artist named Rita Allen in
Thanks to his Godly parents, Max was introduced to God from birth. Max began his own personal relationship with Jesus Christ at age 7. He was water baptized at Calder Baptist Church in
In addition to being the Editor of the
The College Years
Max was accepted into the
It was at Texas A&M that Max earned his nickname, “Mad Max”, given by professors, because of his “straight arrow” reputation, and many bizarre, imaginative art projects. Max learned the fundamentals of timeless design at college and acquired the technical skills needed to execute his abundance of creative ideas. Highly gifted professors like Rodney Hill and Alan Stacell inspired Max to new heights of imagination. Their confidence in Max’s ability and potential greatly encouraged the young Artist. Both Hill and Stacell told Max that he had as much “natural, God-given talent” as anyone. The professors challenged him to do something great with the gift.
During Max’s college years (1970 1974), he got involved with the local archery club, where he met his lifelong friend and spiritual mentor, Jim Beard, of
The Professional Years
After graduation from college in May of 1974, Max moved to
In January of 1976, Max and Sherry moved to Southern California so Max could accept an advertising job with Jennings Compound Bow, Inc., the second largest archery company in the world at that time, based in
In September of 1976, God supernaturally intervened in Max’s life, for the first time on a bowhunt for Black bear, near
It was at this same time in Max’s life, that he was invited to join the Bowhunting & Conservation Committee of the National Field Archery Association, a select, seven man national committee. This was the group that wrote the archery hunter education course, which would eventually become the International Bowhunter Education Program. This six-hour course teaches hunter ethics and responsibilities, and is now taught in all 50 states and around the world.
Max, only 28 years old at the time, was the youngest member of the distinguished national committee, headed William H. Wadsworth. Bill, a retired top-level national executive with the Boy Scouts of America was an exceptional leader and world famous bowhunter, who greatly inspired Max by his character, integrity and tenacity. This volunteer group eventually formed the National Bowhunter Education Foundation, the national organization that administered the program on the national and international level.
Max served as first NBEF Vice-President and later as President of the organization during the late seventies and early eighties. During his tenure, Max created unique fund-raising programs, using his artwork that raised over $100,000.00 for the 501c3, non-profit organization. These fundraisers were known as the “Ishi” and the “Pope & Young” Art Projects, which consisted of drawings, paintings and sculptures of the famous archers.
The “Fine Art” Years
In November of 1977, in a divine appointment, God allowed Max and Sherry to meet Doug and Nancy Van Howd, of
Therefore, in the spring of 1978, Max and Sherry left the security of “real” jobs in
The Fine Art Career Begins
In February of 1978, Max and Sherry resigned from their lucrative
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|The Artist was born to Max and Bobbie Sue Greiner on December 16, 1951, at Warner Robins Air Force Base in Georgia..|
|Max, at age 4, holds his first Bible on the way to Calder Baptist Church in Beaumont, Texas.|
|Max made a public profession of his faith in Jesus Christ and was water baptised at age 7.|
|The Artist earned the rank of Eagle Scout at age 14, on June 26, 1966.|
|Max graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in Port Arthur, TX in 1970.|
|Max was the oldest of four children born to Max and Bobbie Sue Greiner: Michael, Carol and Mark. (December 1985)|
|Texas A&M University, College of Architecture professors, Alan Stacell & Rodney Hill inspired Max more than any other teachers.|
|During 1970 to 1974 Max served as an officer of the Brazos Bowman Archery Club in College Station, TX. Pictured here is Olympic Gold Medalist John Willams, along with Max, Jim Beard, and John C. Culpepper, Jr.|
|Sherry took her first deer with a bow and arrow in October 1974.|
|Max and Sherry were married August 16, 1975 in an outdoor wedding they designed, near the small east Texas town of Woodville.|
|Max and Sherry spent a three week honeymoon in the Rocky Mountains of New Mexico & Colorado, where they backpacked, bowhunted, and attended the Pope & Young Club banquet.|
|In September of 1976, Max took a black bear near McCall, Idaho. God worked a miracle on this trip, after Jim Beard told Max that God was still speaking personally to people.|
|Jennings Compound Bow, Inc. company officers attended the first class in California of the International Bowhunters Education Program. Pictured here are Max, Sherwood Schock, John Williamson, Midge Danridge, Jennings' secretary, and Tom Jennings.|
|Max served as the youngest member of the Bowhunting & Conservation Comittee of the National Feild Archery Association in 1976. Pictured here are Dr. Wayne Trimm, Max, William H. Wadsworth, Tink Nathan, Robert Mc Brayer, Ted Fenner, and Larry Trumbull.|
|Doug & Nancy Van Howd (2006) Auburn, TX
In the fall of 1977, God sent internationally acclaimed artist Doug Van Howd to be a mentor for Max, who was 24 years old at the time. Doug's advise was instrumental in the rapid success of Max and Sherry's new fine art business, started in the spring of 1978.
|A painting by Max of the Woodville Ranch.|
|In the spring of 1978, Max and Sherry started their fine art business in Woodville, TX. Max's very first bronze sculpture is featured here, a Whitetail buck and doe called "Autumn Fever."
Max is shown here at age 26, with the original 1/6 life-size wax sculpture. His original Preliminary Composition study in charcoal can be seen in the background.