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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 three 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.

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Home: Signatories

Libra Max


Morgan Greene


Les Gurren

"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."

Rachel Binshtok

"I want him to be set free into the arms of his loving daughter Libra."

Michelle Guliner-Monahan


Norman Goldsobel


Rosie Vela

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

Ruth McCartney

"Met Peter as a child through The Beatles and step-brother Paul."

Tony Danza

Friend, Actor

Fab 5 Freddy Brathwaite

Artist, Filmmaker, Hip Hop Pioneer

Joe DiMaggio, Jr.

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

Holly Robinson Peete

Actress, Singer, Talk Show Host
"I care!!"

Dr. Susan Jakubowicz

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

Theodora Redmond

"Family has always been Peter Max's priority and I have witnessed him care in person for his own father Jakob until his very last days in NYC. I have seen him care for his children and long-time friends who are family to him. I can't believe isolating him from his loved ones can be good for him and as a matter of fact, believe that it is detrimental to his happiness and health. The lack of transparency of his everyday care, added to the control of his communication and visits with his friends and family members indicates wrong-doing in his actual conservatorship. Please release him to the care of his daughter Libra."

Frances Fisher

"Peter deserves freedom."

Dr. Jenn Mann, LMFT

VH1 Couples Therapy with Dr. Jenn

Marian Cornicky

Victim of Guardianship Abuse, Parents in Abusive Guardianship

Lori Marston

Licensed Family Therapist

Elaine McLaughlin

"He escaped the Nazis to now being held in captivity once again?! How can this happen here in the US of A? We should all be appalled and ashamed! Give him back to his loved ones!"

Sam Sugar, M.D.

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

Mimi Gelb, MS, LMFT

Peter’s friend of 45 years

Calico Cooper

Actress, Artist, Choreographer, Daughter of Alice Cooper
"Peter Is a long time family friend. He deserves dignity, the hands of love of his family, and freedom."

Dr. Kenneth Crawford

Retired Educational Leader, Artist, Doctor

Dr. Leslie Vogel

"To support Mr. Max's human rights to express a preference as to whom he trusts and whom he wants to spend time with."

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

Dr. Eric Rutberg

"Scholarly knowledge of the concerns and personal interest in the best care for Peter Max."

Ada Lau

Peter's friend and curator for 29 years

Pamela Bowen-Stanley

Actress & Friend
"Peter has always been a lover of life, family & friends. This guardianship is so criminal on so many levels. Peter has given his all to art & he should be able to live his life with loved ones. His family have a god given right to take care of him. This is so unjust & unfair. Please free Peter Max."

Barrie Blue

Singer, Songwriter, Producer, Creative
"Known him since I was a kid."

Dr. Margaret Richards

"My mother is an art history major and Peter Max was held with great esteem in my household growing up. He brought joy to my life at a very young age and I wish joy for him in his now older age."

Aura Kolnik

Descendent of Holocaust Survivors

Dr. Marielle Kaifer

"Follower of Peter Max’s work for years. Appalled by his reported treatment."

Susan Cookus

"It is not right what is happening to Peter. Alzheimer’s and a Holocaust survivor and he is such a talented man. He deserves respect and to be treated with dignity."

Sande Bloom

Max Collector, Lifelong Fan, Holocaust Descendant

Erin Paul

"Peter Max deserves dignity in the last chapters of his life. This conservatorship he is in has been causing trauma and reminding him of trauma he survived during the Holocaust."

Christine Sirunj

"I’m calling out this Elder Abuse & Wrongful Imprisonment… Who the hell do you people think you are jailing a Holocaust survivor & keeping him from his own children?!!!"

Eric Crawford

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

Joshua Mendoza

"Let my man have a good last couple years. He escaped the Nazis, he doesn’t need to live like this."

Peter Fogel

"Mr. Max needs to be freed to his blood relatives."

Carmen De Isla

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

Jodee Sussman

"My mom is also a victim of a fraudulent abusive conservatorship in SoCal."

Andres Sandoval

"I am a victim of the corrupt laws that corrupt lawyers take your life savings and family in a corrupt court."

Bettina Barbier

"These types of guardianships and conservatorships are a travesty. The guardians and conservators siphon money away from their victims while keeping them isolated to cover their crimes. The victims of such arrangements should be listened to, as should their long time friends and family. We have seen Britney Spears freed from her ordeal. Peter Max and all who suffer under the absolute control of such “guardians” should be freed as from their captors as well."

Margaret Barron

"Elderly neighbor and friend was victim of guardianship."

Pili Mo’o Sulu-ape

International, Award-Winning Tattoo Artist, Tatau Master
"Human rights/defending artist’s spirit and legacy."

Dylan Spence

Co-Founder, FreeBritney America

Jesse Simon

Model/Talent Agent: Ford Models, LA Models, OPC Management

Bebe Buell

Friend for Decades, Model & Singer

Errol Rappaport

Probate Reform Advocate
Mother died under exploitative guardianship

Lawrence Carter-Long

Disability Rights Activist
Peter’s friend of 19 years

Kathleen Dunn

Guardianship Reform Advocate
Mother died under exploitative guardianship

Dr. Bruce Milner

Friend for years and Peter's Dentist for years

Kevin Wildemann

FreeBritney and Conservatorship Abuse Advocate

Michael Gill

Merchant Marine, FreeBritney Advocate

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

Coppy Holzman

Founder of CharityBuzz, Friend and Supporter

Patricia Weich

Writer "Constitutional Rights of Freedom & Justice"

Ann Morris

"Justice for Peter."

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

Dr. Willie Bierman


Rio Hamilton

Son of Victimized Parent

Alicia Yaffe

SVP of Warner Music Group

Dr. Frank Sabatino

"I feel deeply concerned for Peter’s welfare; connected through his beautiful view of life expressed in his art. Love will find a way."

Lynn & Alan Sayler

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

Julie Anne Rhodes

Family Friend and Collector

Simone Reyes

Close Friend of the Family

Teresa Jones

Guardianship Reform Advocate

Dr. Robin Futoran

Supporter, Friend of Peter Max

Dorothy Michaels

Friend and Neighbor of Peter for over 50 years

Lawrence Zupan

Peter's friend of 55 years

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!!"

Noël Alexandra Canfield

Registered Nurse

Don Rittner

Author, Filmmaker, Historian, Anthropology Professor

Eve Baer

Real Life Coach and Reverend Mother

Susan Gaynor

Registered Nurse

Dr. Zoraida Navarro

"Fighting the same thing in Florida with my father."

Dr. Ivy England


Bonnie Goodman

"Hoping to help Peter Max's family."

Debra Trew

Elder Advocate

Lori Burns

Social Justice and Anti-Exploitation Advocate

Sandy Klein Montalvo

"So horrible, so wrong and so sad."

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

Daniel O’Connell

Retired Warden NYC Department of Corrections

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."

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!"

Sandra Hoh

Retired RN

Lisa Cohen

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

Valerie McAndrews

Senior Producer, Human Rights Advocate

Todd Spradlin

Producer, Friend of the Family

Ann Garcia

Executive Director

John Gunn Sr.

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

Glennis McGregor

"Heartbroken for any isolated and mistreated person."

Judith Brown

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

Leslie Chase

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

Terri Odom

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

Natalie Mbogo

"Exploitative guardianships need to be analyzed and ended."

Susan Houser

"Family should be in charge."

Giovanni Martins


Anthony Coleman

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

Pam Holt

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

Brigitte Graf

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

Gaye Mitchell

Concerned friend
"Return him to his family."

Leisa Hartnett

"Terrible injustice to Peter."

Toni Castorino

"Supporter or those being held involuntarily."

Amy Sacks

Fellow Animal Lover
"Undo this guardianship!"

Enrique Vélez

"Liberty for Peter Max and Britney!"

Stephanie Snyder

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

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."

Trevor Jackson

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

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."

Elizabeth Liz

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

Natalia Villalpando

"Signing to save Peter!!"

Christina Reekers

"Human injustice."

Roger C. Memos

"This is unjust and NOT acceptable!"

Joan Andre

"Aging with dignity is a right."

Muriel Reilly

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

Nikki Cohen

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

Harriet Rose

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

Mark Burke Koppel

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

JoAnn Immanuel

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

Jacy Mann

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

Jessica C.

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

Katarra Peterson

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

Bonny Mutty

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

Seana Katz

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

Ellen Ericksen

Friend and Activist

Nicolas Scheer

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

Ellen Orsa

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

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."

Paige Hinton

"No one should be treated this way."

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."

Ginny Soule

"He needs his family."

Catherine Wagner

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

Susan Schops


Jane Scher

Cousin, Nurse

Mia Gardner


Eli Binshtok

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!"

Johanna Lerfel

Executive Director, Cousin

Lynne Joachim


Michael Lang

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

Tom Freston

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

Betsy Johnson

Legendary Fashion Designer
"How dare this be allowed in this United States of America. Shame, shame, shame."

Rabbi Haskell Bernat

Supporter and Peter Max Collector

Senator George Borrello

New York State Senate, 57th District

Sandy Linter

Legendary Makeup Artist
"Peter Max and all Alzheimer’s patients deserve a quality of life that includes the people who love them. They are not to be looked at as a money till but as humans."

Victor Stabin

Artist, Friend
"Deep amirations for an artist, who was one of a kind. I know Libra and Peter; their father daughter connection is real and as sincere as it gets. To hear that she has been marginalied is horrifying. Peter has lead an intrepid life and deserves the harth of his closet kin."

Nadia Antrobus

"My case has many similarities with that of Ms. Libra Max with whom I briefly attended the Calhoun School. My mother was forced into guardianship which turned out to be corrupt . The first guardian, and the following 3 guardians isolated my mother and ‘stole’ as much of her money as possible. My mother passed away 2 years ago during the court battle which still continues after 6 years. Her last guardian refuses to release her estate money. I doubt if I will ever recover from the emotional hell I have gone through and continue to experience."

Dr. Will Tuttle

Friend and Colleague

Edward Tricomi

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

Dr. Margaret Higgins

"Family should be in charge not the state."

Lauren Olson

"Someone with family and friends should not be left alone. Loneliness kills. No pets? No human contact? It's a death sentence!! The very art studio that allowed him to harness his talent into financial wealth; the very wealth that's the driving motive of his captivity, being stolen by the captors, that very art studio that was his livelihood is off limits to the man? Who gets to say how he should spend his last days if not the people who've loved and cared for him for decades!?"

BJ Courville


Dr. Caren Gertner Fritts

"Lover of Peter's Art and Soul, having met this gentle spirit."

Junilyn Vetura, MBA, MSN, RN

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

Prof. Philip C. Marshall

Grandson of Brooke Astor

Pamela Hasselhoff

Actor, Director, Producer
"Appalled and against the corruption and deception against an innocent an accomplished and outstanding man and the pathetic pain put in him and his daughter and family and friends all for greed!!!"

Uma Pemmaraju

Journalist, National Television News Anchor & Host
"I have been a friend for many years and deeply respect Peter’s dedication to peace and fostering a wonderful humanitarian spirit through his timeless artistic genius. Peter’s plight is unimaginable. Peter’s love for America runs deep and how tragic that the principles of freedom and justice that are a hallmark of this great nation are being sidelined for reasons that defy logic. It is my hope that the court reverses the guardianship order and allows his family to give him the much needed care he so desperately needs. Urgent compassion is needed now!"

Dr. Gary Marder

"A family member is the best advocate."

Dr. Lawrence Fine

"This situation can happen to anyone!It is clearly a miscarriage of fiduciary responsibility on the part of caretaker They should be careGIVERS and not careTakers!!"

Dr. Deborah Winograd

Art Collector, Doctor

Dr. Jeff Shapiro

Sandee Sanford

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

Jacqueline Costello

Descendent of Holocaust Survivors

Chris Kappy

Founder & Owner of Make Wake Artists, Manager of Luke Combs

Albert Fisher

TV Producer & Director, Close Friend of Peter's since 1965

Elvira Chanlatte

"He deserves his freedom, he is a survivor of the Holocaust, he needs to be finally liberated, give him back his dignity, he has given us so much."

Dr. Bob Schaefer


Donald Wilkes

Son of a Holocaust Survivor, Business Owner and Artist

Kristi Grauman

"He deserves to be free and with loved ones. He didn’t survive the Holocaust to now be captive."

Marine Michel

"Free the artist and survivor Holocaust Peter Max. For he's one of the most successful and representative American artists."

Dr. Victoria Adams

"The guardianship does little to benefit Max."

Leah Rumbough

"He proudly came to this country to escape Nazi Germany. What happened to our beloved “land of the free”? Unacceptable cruelties like this should never be tolerated. Compassion and kindness must prevail. Peter deserves better. We ALL deserve better."

Denita Lambou

Victim of Guardianship Abuse

Eileen Weiss

"Family member was victim of elder abuse."

Barbara Stone

"My mother and I are victims of this crime syndicate run through the courts in the pretense of "guardianship.'"

Dr. K. Hahner


Jeanne Wagner

"Peter Max should have full access to his family & friends without surveillance, & anyone using his fortune to pad their pockets by keeping him separated from loved ones should be ashamed."

Ric O'Barry

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

Dr. Ken Miller

"Investigation of injustice & possible abuse."

Louie Psihoyos

Friend, National Geographic Photographer, Oscar Winner

Rick and Terri Black

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

David Lett

Auxiliary Bishop

Dr. Sarah Wilkins


Sarah Orbanic


Ashia Chacko, EdM

Psychologist and Social Justice Advocate

David Young

Partner, ROAM Private Air Maui
"Everyone deserves the right to live free from abuse."

Wanda Huberman

Executive Director of National Health Association

John Fernandes

FreeBritney Activist Against Conservatorship Abuse

Harry Pistorio

FreeBritney Advocate/Guardianship Abuse Activist

Rhett Rosen

Attorney, CEO of Trader Vic’s Worldwide

Melissa Carbone

Founder of Ten Thirty One Productions, Entrepreneur, and Friend

Dean Fearing

Restaurant Owner, Author

Susan Binau

Founder of Grief Heroes Foundation

David Rivé

Arts Writer, Supporter

Pamela Fortenberry

"Captivity is wrong in any form or fashion."

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

Daniel Orvik

Friend of Daughter, Human Rights Advocate

Gary Stromberg

Film Producer
"Friend for 40 years. God bless you."

Deborah Rankin

Guardianship Reform Advocate

Douglas Franks

Probate Reform Advocate,
Saved mother from exploitative guardianship

Jennifer Bro

Probate Reform Advocate, Human Rights Advocate

Dr. Stulc


Terri & Mickey McGuire

Guardianship Reform Advocate

Louis Levin

Friend for 20 years

Shar Sosh

Artist, Friend
"Peter and I have been friends for many years. He is a warm gentle soul…I only met Libra once but knew his son. I miss talking to Peter about art. And think it is terrible what the courts are doing to him…Peter needs to be returned to his daughter!!!! How dare they do this."

Suki Miller

Social Worker
"Because court appointed guardianship laws should be changed as this treatment should not be permitted in the US."

Dr. Tetyana Dovzhuk

"He deserves to be free!"

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"

Amy J. Koreen


Lesa Cook

Registered Nurse

Lois Eastlund

Longtime fan

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

John L. Gard

Design Director, Friend since 1971

Susan Datri

Clinical Social Worker

Ellen Letnik

Geriatric Psychiatry Nurse

Nirupa Singh

Family Member under Guardianship

Ciara Joyce

Advocate Guardianship Abuse

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."

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."

Meg Halski


Emily Jonas, Esq.

"No human being deserves this!"

Amanda Pendleton

APRN, Human Rights Advocate

Mindy Golann

Registered Nurse, Fan, Geriatric RN

Azu Nieves


Amy Gdala


Anjana Mebane-Cruz


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"

Angela Kuda

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

Slim Khezri

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

Jessica Piele

"Sending love and hope he’s freed."

Patricia Rojas Clinton

"Liberty Justice for ALL"

Selina Grissom

"No one should be treated this way!!"

Donny Moss

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

Lesa Martino

Father in abusive, exploitative, and isolated guardianship

Barbara Audiss

"Help a wonderful fellow being."

Kali Mutty

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

Annelee Ochel

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

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!!!"

Violet Marotta

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

Peter Turok

"I care and trust Libra."

Taylor Pawlowski


Dina Giangregorio

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

Rich Hart

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

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."

Christian Bonnor

"Peter deserves to be with his family."

Nancy Rabach

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

Joy Whisnant

"This Is Guardianship Abuse."

Glyn Jaime

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

Debra Voulgaris

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

Ronni Frey

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

Bruce Jeffreys

"Conservatorship abuse must end!"

Michael Harford

Retired County Commissioner
"Human Dignity has no limits."

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."

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."

Carol Moon

Director of The Animal Project (NYC)

Thomas Lyon

"Signing to help Peter have dignity and companionship."

Daniel Rahmann

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

Jeanette Morales

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

Andrea Law

"Fighting for the end of conservatorships."

Maria Ianc

"Free Peter Max."

David Urban

"Let the man and his daughter be together."

Nadia Addasi

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

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."

Amanda Copeland

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

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."

Monica Towner

Senior Nurse for NHS

Susan Saladino


Chris Leathers

"Very sad to read. Criminally unfair."

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."

Hart Gliedman


Dr. Gary Marder


Barbara Hochhauser


David Chira


Martine Lerfel


Jessie Joachim Flanders


Shep Gordon

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

Bradford Disney Lund

Grandson of Walt Disney

Mary L. Trump


Beverly Newman

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

Representative John Cortes

Florida House of Representatives, District 43 (Retired)

Victor Zurbel

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

Billy Squier

Rock Star
"No one should be subject to such treatment, let alone a man who has given so much to the world through his art."

Corwin Samuelson

"My father grew up near Peter's family in Shanghai. I've always felt a connection to him, and I strongly object to this abuse of this beautiful man."

Steven M. Wise

"I have been Peter's friend for more than 20 years and was once his biographer. I spent time with Peter whenever I was in NYC. He loves his daughter."

Felicia Tomasko, R.N.

LA Yoga, Editor & Registered Nurse
"Friend of Libra Max, longtime journalist and magazine editor, registered nurse. Believe in following the family's wishes and fulfill the stated wishes of Peter Max rather than exploiting him."

Christopher Minshall

"I've had family (including my own grandparents and various extended family) fleeced by ill-empowered legal / non-familial guardians. Stop the ill-mannered exclusive "legal" debauchery that is happening and restore rights to any living family. This is pure greed and selfishness unchecked, and it is definitely detrimental treatment to almost any ailing elderly human."

Lynda Bensky

President at Bensky Entertainment
Child of Shanghai Ghetto Survivor

Dr. Elyse Deleski, Ph.D. LMFT

Friend of Peter's daughter
Licensed Marriage and Family Counselor

Dr. Mariana Salerno


Sherry Lund

Probate Reform Advocate

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

Mindy Franklin Levine

Director, Yankees Universe Fund

Marti Frederiksen

Songwriter, Producer, Musician

Richard Calhoun

Co-Chair, Coalition for Elder and Disability Rights

Helen Cavallo

Chef, Owner of Food & Bounty, Host of That's Fresh & That's Fresh Colombia
"I hate injustices and this is definitely a grievous one."

David Fishman

Jewish/Animal Rights Advocate

Julie Horev

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

Inna Galperin

Child of Holocaust Survivor

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."

Arthur Rosato

Photographer, Audio and Video Producer, Director

Nathan Fawley

President, Duesenberg Guitars USA

Lynne Faut

"No one should be held against their will; especially a Holocaust survivor. Do not allow Peter Max’s life to end in captivity."

Inna Avra

"Please free this man he already survived the Holocaust he should not be trapped like this in his old age."

Sridhar Silberfein

Producer, Yogi, Friend of Peter's for 50 years

Adrienne Caldwell

"This is terrible. They took his cats away? That's devastating. What kind of law allows this treatment of a beloved senior citizen. They're traumatizing a Holocaust victim. Revictimizing the victim."

Trish Mullahey

"Because it sounds draconian, and makes me think that the Nazi rule that stole his early happiness has been reimposed."

Kathy Johnson

"Peter Max did not survive Nazi Germany, bring so much joy to so many through his art, and be the humanitarian he is just to be isolated from his loved ones."

Aldona Kumpin

Victim of Guardianship Abuse

Marla Zahn

"I am a victim of guardianship abuse and guardianships need to be abolished."

Rebecca Sahim

Artist Management
"Peter Max’s work is all about joy freedom and inspiration. This man is living a life of unjust suffering during the end of his life and he deserves to be with his loving family. This is cruel and I hope the state reverses this terrible fate."

Sherry Moses

"My mother was a guardianship victim and DIED."

Marian Kornicki

"My parents and I are victims. There must be a criminal investigation and the state and county must be responsibly for allowing this decades - long corrupt take over of the courts by a legal-industrial racket."

Zuming Li

Peter's friend and photographer of 30 years

Cassandra Dumas

Co-Founder, FreeBritney America

Jim Greenbaum

Founder and Managing Director of The Greenbaum Foundation

Elizabeth Derringer

Peter's friend & PR Manager of 30 years

Andrew Daw

Former SVP Marketing for Universal Music, EVP of International Marketing for I Like You Management

Christine Montani

Senior Editor, Social Life Magazine
Mother in exploitative guardianship

Yolanda Bell, MS

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

Eric Schiffer

Chairman and CEO, Patriarch Organization

James Costa

Friend and Film Producer

KC Mancebo

Entertainment Licensing Agent, Publisher, Artist Manager, Edgewise Music

Diane Appler


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

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."

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

Dalia Tepper

Graphic Artist
"My family were holocaust survivors, escaping to Israel, where I was born and later immigrating to New York. Peter’s art was symbolic to us of the beauty and wonder of this beautiful country. We MUST regain the ethics and morality of this land before the evil takes over and all our freedoms are denied. This will no longer just be the Max’s war."

Michelle Meyer

"I am the daughter of a holocaust survivor, nobody should have to suffer this tragedy."

Marc Altshuler

Longtime Family Friend

Lynne Wasserman

"Return Peter Max to his family."

Jaxi Rothman

Longtime Friend of the Family

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

Lawrence Newman

Director, Al Katz Center for Holocaust Survivors, Father-in-law and fellow Holocaust Survivor died in Florida violent guardianship

Dr. Kenneth Levine

"I’m an admirer of Peter, meeting him in his studio in 2010. He was a charming individual."

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."

Ra Rishikavi Raghudas

Writer, close friend of Peter

Deborah Anderson-Gaiser


Dr. Annette Greenfield

"Peter Max brought colour into my world."

Debra Hoffmann Knowles

Writer and Social Worker

Jennifer Marcu

Employee and Friend of Peters for 20+ years

Robert Dison

"Peter and I have been friends for more than 17 years. I know he wouldn't like living this way; the last time I saw him was the last time he did his show in Safety Harbor Florida and we were talking at our usual pace. I knew he was suffering from dementia but for the most part he and I chatted. I didn't know until just recently about what was going on with all of this. I was told it was just a matter of him not being able to travel anymore due to his age and dementia. Now I understand a few things that he was saying to me..."

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!"

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

Marie Hegeman

Social Worker and Advocate for Older People

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."

John Jordan


Kathleen Brooks

Admirer and Freedom from Captivity Advocate

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!"

Patricia Beaver

Art Director, Educator, Collector

Richard Battaglia


Patricia Schaefer

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

Ailaine Piper

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

Chat Vela

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

Elayne Griffiths

"This is horrendous and so cruel."

Judi Smith

"No one should be held against their will."

Louise D'Amato

"It's the humane thing to do."

Kristin Lara

"This is late life abuse."

Skye Swan

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

Daniel White

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

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 "

Ariyana Gibbon

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

Esther Hughes

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

Ravel Petershagen

"Standing against evil."

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."

Lorraine Taylor

Mother of lifelong friend died under exploitive guardianship

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."

Al Parinello

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

Maya Peterpaul

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

Joseph Kleineman

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

Natalie Stemper

"Fighting for this family to see justice."

Sandra Urfer

"End Conservatorship Abuse."

Maria Lorna Azul Kunnath

"Advocating the End of Conservatorships."

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."

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."

Leah Ostojic

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

Valerie Cantone

"I'm Against Cruelty to the Elderly."

Laura Yanne

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

Susie V Kaufman

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

Chase Warman

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

Susan Wolz

"Common sense and compassion are needed now!"

Susan Sullivan

"Please free Peter Max from the captivity."

Rachel Cree-Lowe

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

Michael Shorr

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

Chelsey Ng

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

Snita Gogolla

"In solidarity with Peter and his family."

Kimberly White

"Reading this broke my heart. Greed kills."

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."

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."

Geralyn Lambou

Father under abusive guardianship

Erica Reiss Lasowitz

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

Jane Robinson

"Exploitative guardianship is cruel."

Marla Zahn

Mother isolated for 3 years under abusive guardianship

Roy LaPlante

"Time to show some compassion, Free Peter."

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