Max Bertolini was born in Milan, where he still lives and works. His talent was already noted by Paolo Peruzzo in 1978. He studied at the Scientific Grammar School, but he returned to his artistic ambitions in the early 1990s. He cancelled his studies and began a collaboration with the Milanese comics fanzine Quarterly, where he created the series 'Ace of Spades'.
Later on, he also appeared in the periodical Fumo di China with 'Proteus 20180'. He then joined the publishing house Bonelli, where he started out illustrating the 'Nathan Never' series and later on 'Legs Weaver'. From 2001, he is also a cover artist for the magazines Lanciostory and Skorpio of Eura Editoriale.