Aaron Maximilian Gleason was born in the California desert in 1979. At the age of 8 his family moved to Atlanta, GA, where he spent his formative years. There he studied under painter Raul Miyar for 4 years. In 1998 Max moved to Providence, RI to attend Rhode Island School of Design. There he received a BFA in Sculpture (Class of 2002), while simultaneously pursuing painting and film/video studies. In 2002 Max moved to New York City where he would spend the next 8 years building his painting practice and completing the “Sing to Me” film trilogy.
Throughout his career Max has maintained studios in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (2004 – 2008), Chinatown, Manhattan from (2008 – 2010), Downtown Los Angeles (2011 – 2012), and The Brooklyn Navy Yards (2012 – 2015). In 2016 Max moved to the countryside to enjoy the space, tranquility, and natural beauty. He now works out of a large studio perched on the precipice of a ravine in California’s Santa Ynez Valley.
Max has been included in a number of exhibitions around the US in New York City, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Boston and more.