An Urgent Call to Save the Life of Peter Max

Peter Max – Pop Artist, 84-year-old devoted and loving father, loyal and compassionate friend, Holocaust survivor, animal and human rights advocate, and a victim of Alzheimer’s Disease – is being kept in forced isolation in a predatory guardianship in New York City. The guardianship has depleted his hard-earned life’s earnings by over $16 million, with millions being paid, without his permission, to the court-appointed guardians and attorneys who now control all aspects of his life.

Since 2019, Peter’s family and friends have been privately waging a legal battle to free Peter from his involuntary isolation at the hands of strangers; restore to him his dignity; and allow him to be surrounded by loved ones at the end of his life. After more than two years of isolation, Peter’s loved ones fear he is losing his will to live. His health has steeply declined; he appears dangerously over-medicated; and his family and friends fear for his life.

Peter is gentle, loving, and a deeply sensitive man. Everyone close to him knows that he thrives with companionship and suffers without it. Peter was born in Nazi Germany; he escaped with only his parents, with most of his family killed by the Nazis. He grew up as a refugee in Shanghai. The trauma and loss that Peter experienced at a young age has stayed with him throughout his life. Peter arrived in Brooklyn as a teenage immigrant with a hope for the American dream and a love for freedom. The beauty in his art was his answer to the war.

Can you imagine having dedicated your entire life to nurturing a family, a successful career, and many deep, loving, and lasting relationships, only to find yourself, at the hands of a complete stranger, a court-appointed guardian:

  • being held in forced isolation nearly 24 hours a day;

  • being forbidden from seeing your loved ones (including your own children) unless they lodge a formal written request, and, when you are permitted to see them, visits are severely time limited, closely surveilled, and reported on;

  • being prohibited from having any visitors, ever, in your own home (including your children), which had for decades been a hive of bustling activity filled with love and laughter;

  • being forbidden from being cared for by your children, notwithstanding your articulated desire to be cared for by them at the end of your life, just as you cared for your parents at the end of theirs;

  • having your phone confiscated so you cannot make any calls, and having to ask permission to use your own phone to call your own children;

  • having all of your medical decisions made by a for-profit and unfamiliar court-appointed guardian (a lawyer) who has no medical or geriatric training, and having all your medical information withheld from your family, despite the fact that you had named your children in your Health Care Proxy;

  • having your beloved rescued cats cruelly taken away from you, never mind that you were deeply attached to them and had enjoyed the company of animals in your home for over 60 years;

  • being surveilled in your own home 24 hours a day through cameras recording both audio and visual with a direct feed to a court-appointed guardian’s cell phone, so that the lonely, disorienting life that has been forced on you can be constantly observed, in violation of your privacy rights and civil liberties;

  • being restricted from going to your own art studio, the very place you created and where your self- expression flourished for decades;

  • having your life-long friends being required to sign a daunting non-disclosure agreement before they are even allowed to speak to you, and, when you are permitted to speak to them, you are forced to hang up mid-conversation;

  • repeatedly asking for the companionship of your family and friends, only for your court-appointed guardian to ignore your pleas;

  • having your existing legal and estate planning documents voided;

  • being prohibited from speaking to your long-time attorney, and having counsel thrust upon you that you did not choose; and

  • having your hard-earned financial assets liquidated for the benefit of court-appointed strangers.


It took a beautiful imagination to create Peter’s artistic world of color, joy, happiness, and love. It took a lifetime of hard work to achieve his personal success, with the independence and security that success gave him. What right does anyone have to take all of that away?

The guardianship of Peter Max has descended into captivity, where protection in theory has become exploitation in practice; a case study of just how much can go wrong when the vast powers of the State are turned against the interests of the person those powers are meant to protect. It is a textbook example of a predatory guardianship: Isolate; Medicate; Steal the Estate.

Peter and his family have been denied the most essential Constitutional right to familial privacy – the right of the family to remain together without the coercive interference of the awesome power of the State.

Peter’s final wishes are being ignored and his most fundamental Constitutional and Human Rights violated.

We, the undersigned, ask that Peter Max’s unnecessary and unjust guardianship end so that Peter can be returned to the care of his family, as he has been pleading for since 2019, and so that he can receive an immediate and critical medical evaluation.

We stand in solidarity with the millions of victims of guardianship abuse and their families.


Libra Max


Morgan Greene


Tom Freston

Former Chairman & CEO, MTV Networks, COO, Viacom Firefly3
Peter’s friend of 40 years

Representative John Cortes

Florida House of Representatives, District 43 (Retired)

Allan Jakubowicz

Peter’s friend of 52 years

Bradford Disney Lund

Grandson of Walt Disney

Catherine Falk, MA

Daughter of Peter Falk
Family rights visitation advocate and pioneer of The Peter Falk Bill

Kerry Rooney-Mack

Daughter of Mickey Rooney,
Family Rights Advocate

Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy, Ph.D.

Aunt died after 8 years in exploitative guardianship

Linda Kincaid, MPH

Co-Chair, Coalition for Elder and Disability Rights

Ada Lau

Peter's friend and curator for 29 years

Zuming Li

Peter's friend and photographer of 30 years

Dr. Elyse Deleski, Ph.D. LMFT

Friend of Peter's daughter
Licensed Marriage and Family Counselor

Louie Psihoyos

Friend, National Geographic Photographer, Oscar Winner

Elizabeth Derringer

Peter's friend & PR Manager of 30 years

Errol Rappaport

Probate Reform Advocate
Mother died under exploitative guardianship

Yolanda Bell, MS

Founder, Anastasia's Voice,
Sister died in exploitative guardianship

Ashia Chacko, EdM

Psychologist and Social Justice Advocate

Kevin Wildemann

FreeBritney and Conservatorship Abuse Advocate

John Fernandes

FreeBritney Activist Against Conservatorship Abuse

Karyn Miles

FreeBritney, Advocate Against Conservatorship Abuse

Joe Schick

CEO and Executive Director at Music & Memory, Alzheimer's patient advocate

Leesa Rowland

Friend of Peter Max
Founder and President of Animal Ashram nonprofit animal welfare group

Coppy Holzman

Founder of CharityBuzz, Friend and Supporter

Patricia Weich

Writer "Constitutional Rights of Freedom & Justice"

Ann Morris

"Justice for Peter."

Dr. Susan Jakubowicz

Friend, Psychoanalyst
"Peter should not be held hostage."

Jan Isherwood

Friend of the Family

Frank Lane

Believer in justice and dignity for all human beings

Joshua Avant

Standing against guardianship abuse

Kate Uhry

Close friend of Peter's daughter

Mary Shaughnessy

Friend of Libra and Daughter of Alzheimer's Sufferer

Neal Perchuk

Friend of Libra Max for over 50 years

Kari Esser

Advocate for the Vulnerable & Exploited

Jenny Brown

Longtime Friend of Libra and Peter

Deborah Rankin

Guardianship Reform Advocate

Lynne Wasserman

"Return Peter Max to his family."

Jennifer Bro

Probate Reform Advocate, Human Rights Advocate

Lawrence T. Reid, Jr.

Guardianship Reform Advocate
Mother died under exploitative guardianship

Emily Wagner

Close friend of Peter's daughter

Benay Vynerib

Very concerned friend

Bonnie Goodman

"Hoping to help Peter Max's family."

Debra Trew

Elder Advocate

Lori Burns

Social Justice and Anti-Exploitation Advocate

Dr. Will Tuttle

Friend and Colleague

Julie Horev

"I am also a child of Holocaust survivors, and despise predators of freedom like the people who have Mr. Max now."

Rey Contreras

Guardianship Reform Advocate

Rob McKenna

Mom is in very corrupt conservatorship like Peter Max

Lisa Richards

Civil Rights Activist

Marcia Friedman

Guardianship Reform Advocate
Mother died in exploitative guardianship

Lawrence Zupan

Peter's friend of 55 years

Junilyn Vetura, MBA, MSN, RN

Patient Advocate, Peter's friend, admirer, and supporter since 2011
"This is a terrible form of elder abuse."

Elana Cooperman

Social Worker
"Keeping this poor soul without his family friends and support animals is cruel and inhumane. This should go before an ethics board and a judge"

Dr. Margaret Higgins

"Family should be in charge not the state."

Noël Alexandra Canfield

Registered Nurse

Don Rittner

Author, Filmmaker, Historian, Anthropology Professor

Benjamin Brody

Former Studio Assistant to Peter Max
"Peter deserves to be around his family and loved ones."

Mikel Wintermantel

Artist and Advocate for Respectful Hospice Care

Kathleen Brooks

Admirer and Freedom from Captivity Advocate

Valerie McAndrews

Senior Producer, Human Rights Advocate

Adam Sokolow

Peter Max Studio operations manager for 33 years
"Peter loves to be around his friends and family- to isolate him is beyond criminal!"

Meg Halski


Amy Gdala


John Jordan


Mindy Golann

Registered Nurse, Fan, Geriatric RN

Jeff Van Syckle

Professor of Psychology
"Long time lover of Max’s work and believer that no one should be subject to this type of conservatorships."

Naomi Goldman

Family Friend
"Peter’s spirit & dignity must be restored. He was my dad Robert’s closest childhood friend in the Hongkew Jewish Ghetto in Shanghai & it breaks my heart for him to be treated like this."

Michelle Guliner-Monahan


Bonny Mutty

"There is no oversight on guardians. Family is shut out of any due process."

Monica Towner

Senior Nurse for NHS

Nadia Addasi

"Time is up! End conservatorship! Free Peter!"

Ronni Frey

Peter Max Employee
"Great affection for Peter and his work."

Angela Kuda

"Free Peter Max, so he can be with his beloved ones and gets his dignity back."

Muriel Reilly

"Peter Max deserves to be cared for with love, by his family."

Chat Vela

Longtime Close Family Friend
"Freedom for Peter is paramount!"

Paige Hinton

"No one should be treated this way."

Nancy Rabach

Collector, Friend of Peter
"My heart hurts knowing that Peter is living like this! This is painful and unfair."

Joan Andre

"Aging with dignity is a right."

Rich Hart

Fine Art Dealer, Appraiser, Auctioneer, Author
"Peter is an american icon and should be with those he loves."

Sandra Urfer

"End Conservatorship Abuse."

Glennis McGregor

"Heartbroken for any isolated and mistreated person."

Mark Burke Koppel

"This is illegal. The perpetrators must be brought to justice. NOW."

Carol Moon

Director of The Animal Project (NYC)

Barbara Audiss

"Help a wonderful fellow being."

Rachel Cree-Lowe

"Peter is a gift. His treatment is barbaric and exploitative."

Leah Ostojic

"No one should be owned and controlled, this is elder abuse."

Taylor Pawlowski


Natalie Stemper

"Fighting for this family to see justice."

Brigitte Graf

"This is wrong. He has to be with his family."

Daniel White

Friend and employee for 16 years
"Please help right this wrong."

Ailaine Piper

"To free this man. He needs his dignity."

Erica Reiss Lasowitz

Peter was my father’s best friend in the 60s

Kali Mutty

Chief Operating Officer at Multihouse
"Justice for Peter and his family."

Jane Robinson

"Exploitative guardianship is cruel."

Joseph Kleineman

Friend and Collaborator since 1970, Master Printmaker, JK Fine Art

Dina Giangregorio

"Signing because hearing his situation makes my blood boil."

Patricia Schaefer

"His family should be caring for him, not 'executors'."

Harriet Rose

Comedian, Actress, and Advocate
"A disgrace and not humane. This is deadly abuse of the voices that are silent because of disease."

Kristin Lara

"This is late life abuse."

Laura Yanne

"...I know how lonely and scared an elderly person can be. I hate that this is happening."

Michael Tessler

Hollywood Councilman, Award-Winning Producer
"To deny a Holocaust survivor his freedom after a lifetime spent celebrating liberty with a travesty beyond words."

Patricia Rojas Clinton

"Liberty Justice for ALL"

Trevor Jackson

"Peter deserves to love his life as he chooses with his loving family by his side."

Karen Munze

"Let the man have his family and the care he deserves free from those who may not have his best interest at heart."

Quinn Mason

"Peter has always been one of my biggest art influences and I was appalled to learn about this conservatorship. No one deserves such an injustice."

Leslie Chase

"I'm appalled that his loving family are not given the rights to care for and love him."

Eric Crawford

"The man escaped Nazi Germany and can’t even be free in the USA."

Chelsey Ng

"This is an abuse of power. Loved ones deserve to be together in their final chapter."

Martin Rowe

"Peter Max deserves to be able to spend his final years in the company of his children. This exploitation is all-too-common and wrong."

Terri Odom

Animal Advocate
"Everyone deserves to finish their journey surrounded by the people and animals they love most."

Donny Moss

Animal Rights Campaigner with
"This guardianship is cruel, exploitive and unnecessary"

Al Parinello

Owner, Surflight Theatre, Friend Since 1983, Collector of Peter Max Art
"We need to protect this lovely man."

Christin Olivier

"Everything that is being done to Peter Max in this imprisonment of a guardianship appears not for his health and wellness. Keeping family and lifelong friends away is a serious matter. No attorney knows someone well enough to take the place of family and lifelong friends. This is obviously a money grab. No family members can can question his medications, which can kill him. No one can question his diet, which can also contribute to his demise if it is not healthy. No one can question his ability to get fresh air, vitamin D, exercise and even a gym membership, which is incredibly helpful for many senior citizens who need assistance in staying fit. Pharmaceuticals tend to dumb the elderly down, and increase dementia, whereas exercise and a healthy lifestyle, increase longevity. Peter Max has been into health and wellness for years. His family supports that."

Susan Schops


Rosie Vela

Model, Songwriter, and Peter's former partner/friend of 47 years

Shep Gordon

Close Friend of Peter's for 40 years, Legendary Talent Manager, Agent, and Producer

Edward Tricomi

Founder & Principal, Warren Tricomi
Peter’s friend of 45 years

Mimi Gelb, MS, LMFT

Peter’s friend of 45 years

Sherry Lund

Probate Reform Advocate

Dr. Jenn Mann, LMFT

VH1 Couples Therapy with Dr. Jenn

Mindy Franklin Levine

Director, Yankees Universe Fund

Joe DiMaggio, Jr.

Peter's Friend since 1984
"Appalled by this atrocity."

Rabbi Haskell Bernat

Supporter and Peter Max Collector

Beverly Newman

Director, The Al Katz Center for Holocaust Survivors and Jewish Learning
Father died in exploitive guardianship

Cassandra Dumas

Co-Founder, FreeBritney America

Barbara Hochhauser


Jim Greenbaum

Founder and Managing Director of The Greenbaum Foundation

Bebe Buell

Friend for Decades, Model & Singer

Christine Montani

Senior Editor, Social Life Magazine
Mother in exploitative guardianship

Denita Lambou

Victim of Guardianship Abuse

Eric Schiffer

Chairman and CEO, Patriarch Organization

Wanda Huberman

Executive Director of National Health Association

Chloe Williams

FreeBritney & Conservatorship Abuse Advocate

Melissa Riccardi

FreeBritney Advocate

David Pullman

Founder of the Pullman Group, Longtime Family Friend

Anne Janeski

Shared Guru - Swami Satchidananda/Founder of Integral Yoga

Susan Binau

Founder of Grief Heroes Foundation

David Rivé

Arts Writer, Supporter

Pamela Fortenberry

"Captivity is wrong in any form or fashion."

Maureen Turci

Artist and Printmaker
Colleague of Peter's since 1980

Lori Peterson

Civil Rights Lawyer and Animal Activist

Amanda Beran

"End Conservatorship Abuse."

Karen Kreps

Supporter of 50 years through Swami Satchidananda yoga

Alan Perlman

Dear Friend of Peter and Libra, Collector

Silvana Mace

"Horrible. This is an infringement of their rights."

Donna Reid O'Neil

Mother died in exploitative guardianship

Daniel Orvik

Friend of Daughter, Human Rights Advocate

Gene Stone

Author, Family Friend

Marc Altshuler

Longtime Family Friend

Lynn & Alan Sayler

Guardianship Reform Advocates,
Lynn’s mother died in exploitative guardianship

Jaxi Rothman

Longtime Friend of the Family

Simone Reyes

Close Friend of the Family

Teresa Jones

Guardianship Reform Advocate

Susan Datri

Clinical Social Worker

Ellen Letnik

Geriatric Psychiatry Nurse

Nirupa Singh

Family Member under Guardianship

Ciara Joyce

Advocate Guardianship Abuse

Sandy Klein Montalvo

"So horrible, so wrong and so sad."

Laura Nelson

Advocate of Justice and Peace

Peter Millrose

Music Producer
Friend of Peter's daughter

Angela Smith

"No one should die without their family near."

Xargers Demirtas

"#FreePeterMax from this unfair and corrupted system."

Jake Boyce

"End guardianship and conservatorship abuse."

Dr. Robin Futoran

Supporter, Friend of Peter Max

Vida Amaral, RN

Mother died in exploitative guardianship

Amber Beale

"I met Peter through Rosie Vela when I was a little girl, and he was one of the kindest people I've ever met. He deserves justice and freedom to be with his family."

Amy J. Koreen


Lesa Cook

Registered Nurse

Lois Eastlund

Longtime fan

Debra Hoffmann Knowles

Writer and Social Worker

Andrea Rosenkranz


Patricia Beaver

Art Director, Educator, Collector

Eli Binshtok

2nd Cousin, RN
"He loves his family so much when we were with him he made us feel so important. I hope he gets reunited with his family!"

Todd Spradlin

Producer, Friend of the Family

Amanda Pendleton

APRN, Human Rights Advocate

Anjana Mebane-Cruz


Azu Nieves


Daniel O’Connell

Retired Warden NYC Department of Corrections

Ann Garcia

Executive Director

David Chira


Jennifer Angelo

Former Personal Assistant to Peter Max
"Peter is devoted to his friends and family and should never have to be separated from those he loves so much."

Selina Grissom

"No one should be treated this way!!"

Susan Saladino


Valerie Cantone

"I'm Against Cruelty to the Elderly."

Snita Gogolla

"In solidarity with Peter and his family."

Leisa Hartnett

"Terrible injustice to Peter."

Nicolas Scheer

"I want to help people living in abusive conditions."

Natalia Villalpando

"Signing to save Peter!!"

Pam Holt

Family Friend
"I am a great admirer of Peter Max and his daughter Libra. This is criminal!"

Inna Galperin

Child of Holocaust Survivor

Glyn Jaime

Peter Max painted our wedding picture
"No one should be kept against their will. This is UNACCEPTABLE!! #freepetermax."

JoAnn Immanuel

Expressionist Artist, Supporter
"I love Peter Max, and am appalled."

Judi Smith

"No one should be held against their will."

Violet Marotta

Occupational Therapist
"This guardianship is not right and I felt the need to sign to end it."

Enrique Vélez

"Liberty for Peter Max and Britney!"

Annelee Ochel

"Grateful appreciator of Peter’s work and compassion."

Ginny Soule

"He needs his family."

Chris Leathers

"Very sad to read. Criminally unfair."

Thomas Lyon

"Signing to help Peter have dignity and companionship."

Skye Swan

Family Friend
"No one should be in forced isolation, this is beyond cruel."

Maya Peterpaul

Family Friend, Artist
"Peter deserves to be treated with kindness and care."

Maria Ianc

"Free Peter Max."

Joanne Dorian

Alzheimer's Association Advocate
"So sad that this gifted artist is being made to endure this isolation at the end of his life when he has brought joy to so many with his vibrant art."

Judi and Patrick Gogolen

"We are all God's children. He has loving family and friends who he needs to be with, who will ensure his safety and medical care lovingly."

Jessica Piele

"Sending love and hope he’s freed."

Amy Sacks

Fellow Animal Lover
"Undo this guardianship!"

Giovanni Martins


Nikki Cohen

"This is so awful, hoping you are successful in your efforts."

Catherine Wagner

"This is cruel and unusual and needs to be fixed."

Andrea Law

"Fighting for the end of conservatorships."

Gaye Mitchell

Concerned friend
"Return him to his family."

Jessica Voorsanger

Friend, Artist
"This is a horrible way to end your life. Peter Max should have had his own wishes honored and be allowed to live out his life surrounded bu his family and friends "

Toni Castorino

"Supporter or those being held involuntarily."

Jeanette Morales

"No one should be held against their will if they want to go to their studio...let him."

Linda Dionne

"Peter helped us in the early 2000's, offering a portrait in lieu of the Miss NH fur coat. A gentle man with a heart for the animals."

Jacy Mann

"We need to reform these corrupt laws that allow greedy people to take advantage of a person's civil rights and financials."

Sharon Jaffe

Animal advocate
"My sister and I care for our 97 year old father. He is healthy and extremely happy, living a stress-free existence. Peter Max deserves that and much more."

Ellen Orsa

Senior Care Manager
"Restore dignity and rights to Peter Max, his family and friends."

Hannah Brown

"This cannot be legal? How on earth can an individual be treated like this and have zero rights. The law must change and Peter Max should be allowed the freedom of choice like any other person."

Lisa McWilliams

"He painted all of the fallen firefighters from sept. 11 2001 one which of whom I lost personally I knew his artwork as a child. This is not okay. I was a NYC paramedic - we need people to live in peace and not be taken advantage of."

Elizabeth Liz

"This is unjust - his family wants to help him and this looks like a financial grab"

Thomas McDonald

"No one should have their freedoms taken away without due cause. Especially by the 'law.' No conservatorship should be approved without multiple different evaluation by unbiased parties."

Susie V Kaufman

Human Rights Activist
"I am a nearly lifelong animal- and human-rights activist.... AND a friend of Libra Max's"

Larry Rott

"As a caregiver I've seen guardianship abuse most always for financial gain of the guardian. So very sad for Libra and her father."

Robby Melnick

"Release Peter Max To His Daughter, Libra. I grew up in the 1960's LOVING Peter Max's Art and him as a Beautiful Soul"

Hart Gliedman


Michael Lang

Creator & Producer, Woodstock Festival
Peter’s friend of 52 years

Senator George Borrello

New York State Senate, 57th District

Victor Zurbel

Art Director, Peter Max Biographer
Peter’s friend of 55 years

Mary L. Trump


Prof. Philip C. Marshall

Grandson of Brooke Astor

Sam Sugar, M.D.

Founder-President, Americans Against Abusive Probate Guardianship (AAAPG)
Mother-in-law died in exploitative guardianship

Tony Danza

Friend, Actor

Frances Fisher

"Peter deserves freedom."

Richard Calhoun

Co-Chair, Coalition for Elder and Disability Rights

Ric O'Barry

Founder/Director, Dolphin Project
Peter’s friend of 34 years

Dylan Spence

Co-Founder, FreeBritney America

Mia Gardner


Rick and Terri Black

Founders of Center for Estate Administration Reform (CEAR)
Terri's father died under guardianship

David Lett

Auxiliary Bishop

Lawrence Carter-Long

Disability Rights Activist
Peter’s friend of 19 years

Kathleen Dunn

Guardianship Reform Advocate
Mother died under exploitative guardianship

James Costa

Friend and Film Producer

Michael Gill

Merchant Marine, FreeBritney Advocate

Harry Pistorio

FreeBritney Advocate/Guardianship Abuse Activist

Lynda Bensky

President at Bensky Entertainment
Child of Shanghai Ghetto Survivor

Melissa Carbone

Founder of Ten Thirty One Productions, Entrepreneur, and Friend

Eriyah Flynn

Fan and founder of VeganShift

Charlie Ramirez

Ally against exploitative guardianship

Heather Gragg

Nurse Practitioner/concerned citizen

Cat Cora

Iron Chef, Fellow Artist
"I think it’s an atrocity to such an amazing human being. Peter had given so much to the world and to see such corruption and greed is appalling and inhuman. He needs to be with his loved one who will give him unconditional love and dignity. Every human being deserves those."

Vincent Marchica

Friend of Libra Max. Lifelong lover of Peter's art.

Jean Upton

Friend since 1971
"Peter took me under his wing when I was a teenager. I owe him my life."

Tracy Archer

Close Friend and former Peter Max Employee

Ann Taylor

Peter's friend of 25 years and employee of 20 years

Joanne Bougalis

Living in-exile in Greece after rescuing mother from exploitative guardianship

Suzanne DeRose

"Against guardianship without regard for family and friends."

Nancy Hayman

Protestor of Elder Abuse

Mary Bush

Guardianship/Probate Reform Advocate
Mother died after 12 years in exploitative guardianship

Liliana Bruno

Peter's friend of 28 years

Douglas Franks

Probate Reform Advocate,
Saved mother from exploitative guardianship

Aldona Kumpin

"I am victim guardianship abuse."

Julie Anne Rhodes

Family Friend and Collector

Terri & Mickey McGuire

Guardianship Reform Advocate

Louis Levin

Friend for 20 years

Lisa Gliozzi

Registered Nurse/patient advocate

Hillary Hogue

Probate Reform Advocate,
Saved father from exploitative guardianship

Dan Piraro

Friend since 2004

Susan Scheponick

"I am sick to know this is happening in our country!"

Jacqueline Costello

Descendent of Holocaust Survivors

Mars Green

Ethical supporter for his protection and well-being

Amy Trakinski

Attorney, Activist, Longtime Family Friend

Sophie Levine

Lifelong Friend of Max Family

Adam Campagna

Lifelong Family Friend

Runa Zurbel

Family friend for 50+ years

Dr. Deborah Tanzer

"I believe in patient's rights."

John Ciafone

"I have seen bad Guardianship Proceedings and situations where the process is abused."

Russ Gibson

Retired Sheriff
"Any American citizen who has given so much to his or her community has every right to live free…Give this man and his family, return to him his dignity!!"

Ra Rishikavi Raghudas

Writer, close friend of Peter

Deborah Anderson-Gaiser


Eve Baer

Real Life Coach and Reverend Mother

Susan Gaynor

Registered Nurse

Rachel Binshtok

Peter's First Cousin
"I want him to be set free into the arms of his loving daughter Libra."

Richard Battaglia


Peri Sedigh

"As an attorney I recognize the entire guardianship process can be so abusive and exploitative of the very people commissioned to protect. The system needs reform."

Dr. Bruce Milner

Friend for years and Peter's Dentist for years

Nancy Tabb Marcantel

President of Animal Rescue Foundation of Louisiana
"Surely there is a way to allow Mr. Max to live out his days in peace and tranquillity without having his fellow human beings rob him of everything that he worked all his life for!"

Sandra Hoh

Retired RN

Sandee Sanford

"As an RN, I am an advocate for those who are unable to advocate for themselves. Isolation is abuse!"

Emily Jonas, Esq.

"No human being deserves this!"

Marie Hegeman

Social Worker and Advocate for Older People

Les Gurren

Peter's Second Cousin
"Peter’s family, of which I am a member, escaped Nazi Germany in 1938 only to be imprisoned again at the hands of governmental officials."

Lisa Cohen

Family Friend of 40+ years
"Peter Max and his loving daughter, Libra have been close friends of mine since childhood."

Ravel Petershagen

"Standing against evil."

Ellen Ericksen

Friend and Activist

Geralyn Lambou

Father under abusive guardianship

Peter Turok

"I care and trust Libra."

Debra Voulgaris

"Peter is being denied his basic Human Rights and is being held against his will. This is an outrage."

Susan Houser

"Family should be in charge."

John Gunn Sr.

Father of Chris Gunn, who is currently trapped in an abusive guardianship

Seana Katz

"Family should be allowed to give love and care till the end."

Michael Shorr

"Loved Peter's art as a child and am saddened to hear of his isolation. This seems terribly wrong."

Joy Whisnant

"This Is Guardianship Abuse."

Kimberly White

"Reading this broke my heart. Greed kills."

Susan Wolz

"Common sense and compassion are needed now!"

Daniel Rahmann

"Let’s shed light on abusive and corrupt guardianships."

Christian Bonnor

"Peter deserves to be with his family."

Louise D'Amato

"It's the humane thing to do."

Christina Reekers

"Human injustice."

Carmen De Isla

"Guardianships are abusive and are designed to isolate and strip victims of their rights."

David Urban

"Let the man and his daughter be together."

Lesa Martino

Father in abusive, exploitative, and isolated guardianship

Anthony Coleman

" seek profit from Peter's legacy stains both the life he lives today and the legacy he deserves tomorrow."

Esther Hughes

"A man of his age and stature should not be denied access to his family."

Elayne Griffiths

"This is horrendous and so cruel."

Lorraine Taylor

Mother of lifelong friend died under exploitive guardianship

Judith Brown

Registered Nurse
"No person should be held against their children’s wishes, and isolated from their family."

Natalie Mbogo

"Exploitative guardianships need to be analyzed and ended."

Susan Sullivan

"Please free Peter Max from the captivity."

Maria Lorna Azul Kunnath

"Advocating the End of Conservatorships."

Bruce Jeffreys

"Conservatorship abuse must end!"

Roger C. Memos

"This is unjust and NOT acceptable!"

Ariyana Gibbon

Peter's friend since the 1980's, "I wish you the best in freeing your father."

Roy LaPlante

"Time to show some compassion, Free Peter."

Marla Zahn

Mother isolated for 3 years under abusive guardianship

Amanda Copeland

"Peter Max has been legally kidnapped and is being psychologically tortured being kept away from his family and friends."

Jessica C.

Human Rights & Disability Advocate
"No one should be taken away from family."

Nicola Gray

"Disgusting inhumane treatment of any individual regardless of class or status. Clearly a set up for theft, greed and fraud, cloaked under the deceitful illusion of care and protection of the client."

Alice Fratus-Nodel

Client Manager
"I work with the elderly and to many times greed takes more than money from those who are not able to handle there affairs anymore. Every person deserves dignity, respect and love."

Liana Abramson

"Peter max deserves his freedom and god given rights. He is an incredible artist who has contributed much to society, and he deserves to live the rest of his life in peace and happiness."

Chase Warman

"Because I don't believe should have their rights stripped from them for the financial benefit of strangers."

Katarra Peterson

"Peter has given so much to so many. His liberty is the very least of what he deserves. #FreePeterMax."

Stephanie Snyder

A Fan
"Sad to see loving family and friends kept from a loved one."

Elizabeth Pandolfelli

"I am appalled at the treatment this amazing humanitarian and artistic icon. How dare any “system” be allowed to strip a man of all that he’s lived and worked for his entire lifetime?? This is unconscionable!!!"

Mary Adams

"Bring awareness to a corrupt system and elder abuse. Let Peter be with his friends and family and honor his wishes, estate planning and will."

Slim Khezri

Award-winning Singer/Songwriter, Actor, Businessman
"This tragic and heartbreaking. Peter Max needs to be taken care of immediately."

Michael Harford

Retired County Commissioner
"Human Dignity has no limits."


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