An «evolutionary neural network (ENN)» is presented for the max cut problem of an undirected graph G(V, E) in this paper. The goal of the NP-hard problem is to find a partition of V into two disjoint subsets such that the cut size be maximized. The cut size is the sum of weights on edges in E whose endpoints belong to different subsets. The ENN combines the evolutionary initialization scheme of the neural state into the energy minimization criteria of the binary neural network. The performance of ENN is evaluated through simulations in randomly weighted complete graphs and unweighted random graphs with up to 1000 vertices. The results show that the evolutionary initialization scheme drastically improves the solution quality. ENN can always find better solutions than the maximum neural network, the mean field annealing, the simulated annealing, and the greedy algorithm.