Peter Leventhal was born in New York City in 1939 and educated in public schools in Brooklyn. His father was a textile designer. Peter loved the museums and libraries of the city, loved his father´s studio, and taught himself to draw from old masterpieces in the New York Public Library print room. His first several shows were of drawings at Martin Reimart¨s drawing shop on Christopher Street, starting in 1959.
He went to Paris in 1960, and later returned to New York and lived in Chinatown. One of his greatest influences was Max Beckmann. His early work is very polished and carefully rendered, though he gradually loosened into the expressionist exuberance he demonstrates today. He's had more than thirty solo exhibitions in New York, France, Florida and Mexico.