Born in 1889 in a working class suburb of Melbourne, Max Martin took art lessons at an early age exhibiting his first known work in 1912. He then followed the artists’ trail to London taking the 1922 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition by storm with his critically acclaimed ‘Portrait Group,’ now in the collection of the National Gallery of Victoria. Shy of his success, he became a scenic artist in London theatres. After 35 years away from Australia, he returned to Melbourne where he exhibited sporadically until his death in relative obscurity in 1965. The State Library of Victoria now holds three of his works including a portrait of Archbishop Mannix featured recently on the cover of Jim Griffin's biography of Mannix.