Max Steinmann was born in Switzerland, and studied at the Ecole Nationale d’Art Decoratif de Nice, (Beaux-Arts) in France for five years.
He painted in Switzerland and Southern France from 1935, however not full-time.
In 1958 he emigrated to Australia with his family and after four years became a full time artist. He produced over 1,500 oil paintings between 1961 and 1994.
Based in Bathurst, NSW, he travelled regularly throughout rural NSW and southern Queensland depicting many historic homesteads, landscapes and genre scenes.
He was also an exceptional portrait painter.
Max won a number of art prizes and his work was included in the Archibald, Wynne (finalist in 1966) and the Sulman Prize. His awards included competitions at Orange in NSW, 1963; Bathurst in 1964 and 1967, and Cowra in 1966, 1970.
Max Steinmann was the father of artists Heinz Steinmann and Evelyn Steinmann. He passed away in 1994.