Max Ginsburg

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Max Ginsburg

An Artist with a Social Conscience


Max Ginsburg is an artist known for his social relevance and ability to capture the human form in a most sensitive manner.

His career spans many decades, and he has reinvented himself time and time again as an artist, an illustrator for book covers, a commercial painter, a teacher, and a voice for change.

Ginsburg was born in France in 1931 to American parents, then raised in New York from toddlerhood onward.

Ginsburg began studying art in the 1950s. He had an eye for both quotidian scenes as well as exploring the depths of emotion and pain humans can experience.

It would be fair to categorize his art style as “contemporary realism.”

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Book Cover Illustrator

From 1980 to 2004, Ginsburg painted beautiful covers for big-name publishers: Avon, of course, and also Warner Books, Bantam, and Harlequin for their Historical line.

He designed hundreds of covers, ranging from works like John Knowles’ A Separate Piece to Mildred D. Taylor’s Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry to Jennifer Wilde’s Love Me, Marietta.

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Original Artwork for Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

A quality that is so refreshing about Ginsburg is he does not shy away from his past career as a romance cover illustrator. Nor should he, for like any master artist, Ginsburg strived for the highest quality in his creations and achieved nothing less.

Ginsburg created covers for famously painted many covers for Lisa Kleypas when she started to write for Avon.

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Dreaming of You, Lisa Kleypas, Avon, 1994

Max Ginsburg Today

I was surprised that despite the vast amount sites discussing or displaying Ginsburg’s artwork, there was no Wikipedia page for him. It goes to show the site is not a comprehensive source for all significant information if such a glaring omission exists!

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Shadow of the Moon, M.M. Kaye, original cover art
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Shadow of the Moon, M.M. Kaye, Bantam, 1980

For the last 20 years, he has been producing magnificent artwork that is relevant to the age we live in.

Max Ginsburg’s gorgeous art is highlighted on his website–and is available for sale for you savvy collectors.

Ginsburg is still extremely active as a painter.

He lives in New York City.

Max Ginsburg Covers

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