Amy L Charles
"Peter deserves respect, care, and the surrounding love of those who know him."
"If this letter speaks the truth, signing is the only right thing to do."
"Love Peter’s spirit and his work."
Animal Rights Activist; Piper for Animals
"Absolutely heartbreaking! #FreePeterMax before he loses all chance to be with all he loves."
"Unconscionable abuse on all fronts."
"Everyone NEEDS their Family & Friends in their life in some capacity...even in supervised visitations. This is USA where everyone has a right to be free & live how they want. Let the man see his Family & Friends & allow them to participate in his health & wellbeing NOW."
"In support of Peter Max’s family"
"I was Peter and his son Max's karate teacher in 1997. We were so close that Peter created a Universal Harmony Day Poster for my Universal Day event I produced. This event was to raise awareness against child abuse. I will stand for Peter as he did then with the power of his artwork."
"One of my idols growing up as a artists no one should ever have too have there freedom taken from them let him be free."
"I sign, as an artist, in solidarity with the rights and freedoms that should be accorded to ALL human beings. The greed and gravitas of this situation is incomprehensible!"
"Please help this man!!! This is a crime."
"This situation is wrong and must be remedied."
"Free Peter Max!!"
"No one influenced me more in my career than Peter Max. I owe him so much. The world owes him so much."
"Peter Max was more than just an inspiration but a friend."
"It’s completely unconscionable that a grown man who is ailing and who had a health care proxy be deprived in his final years the comfort and companionship of his children and pets."
"America’s 'painter laureate' deserves his freedom and dignity!!! Free Peter Max!!!"
"Free Peter! Let his family take over for his remaining earth years. He needs his family to be at peace."
"Met him 3x, signed a napkin for my Birthday. ♡"
"This is a horrific use of power. Set Peter free to live out his days with his loved ones, not controlled by a money hungry monster."
"Please let him be with his family and friends. End this unjust conservatorship."
"I believe Peter Max’s liberties are being impinged upon."
"An admirer/owner of Peter’s work. Free Peter now so that his life can be lived the manner in which he deserves; with dignity, loved and free."
"I've admired Peter and his work since the 60s. He is an inspiration. His treatment described above is shameful."
Sarah R. Regan
"What is being done is criminal. Return Peter to the care of his children."
Jon LaValle Jackson
Peter Max Collector via Wentworth Gallery, Bethesda Maryland
Animal Welfare Professional/Spokesperson
"Life should be lived freely."
Former Employee of Peter Max
Friend & Former Art Dealer
"Peter is an amazing human filled with love and imagination who deserves to happily live free in the world he created. Allowing this to continue is just pure evil. Free Peter now!!!"
"Lover of his art, appalled at his treatment."
"Free Peter Max to enjoy his life as he chooses with whom he chooses. Allow the man his dignity, his family and friends, his art and his comfort. Deny no one any rights you would claim for yourself."
"Peter used to come into a restaurant I worked at in NYC. He is a kind and generous man."
"Lover, owner and apreciator of his work and life story."
"Peter Max should be as free as his art is beautiful."
"Because he is my favorite artist and should be respected."
"Judicial system has failed to protect Peter Max."
Peter Max Collector
"This man loves this country has been a national treasure we need to stand for him now."
"Peter Max's art lover concerned by unfair system."
"Peter deserves to be free."
"Because no one deserves to be locked away from the world. Look at another high profile case of a guardian abusing his powers!"
"Always loved Peter Max talent artwork wanted to meet him several times."
Longtime Fan and Collector
Executive Director, ECNV & Artist
"Dignity and Rights for Peter Max’ and his Family."
"Peter was my drive to get through high school and pursue art in college."
"We should all be allowed to live freely and peacefully."
Randi Grossman Petersen
"This is shameful! To those in charge...is this how you would like your mother and father treated?"
"Allow Peter Max to be with his family and friends."
"So that Peter Max can live his life the way he chooses to without being regulated by strangers."
"Love the beauty, patriotism and creativity of Peter's artwork."
"Long time supporter. Please restore dignity & rights to Peter and his family, respect his wishes."
Carolyn Gougis Maglio
"This is imprisonment!"
"Love his artwork, and owner of many of them"
"This is an injustice and so very wrong and cruel."
"Appalled by the system #freepetermax."
Art Gallery Owner
"Peter Max’s art has been influential in my life and business. He deserves peace and dignity at the end of his life."
"I met Peter following 9/11 and have an original work of his (Flag w/Heart). I am saddened by what this kind man is going through."
"The family should be in charge."
"Love and concern for Peter Max and his family."
Human Rights Advocate
"From the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights (excerpts): “Article 3: Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person. Article 5: No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. Article 6: Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law. Article 12: No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.” Freedom, dignity, security and the the pursuit of happiness and joy is a fundamental human right. Together we can expose the injustice and wrongdoing in guardianships, develop the reform, and protect the vulnerable and their families from exploitation."
"Friend and mentor to me and my love for his craft."
"Lifelong lover of Peter's work. Sad to see him taken advantage of and treated so poorly in late years"
"Peter is a super kind man who is being kept from the one thing that means the most to him. People that he loves, and people who love him."
"Free Peter Max, this national treasure should be with his family and friends."
"Free Peter Max. I went to a Peter Max art shows years ago in Baltimore."
"Family should be the ones to care for him."
"This is elder abuse!!! It must be stopped! I care a lot!"
Art Teacher and Fan
"How can this theft and imprisonment be legal? No one deserves this. What is the matter with this country?"
Peter's art is an inspiration to me. Especially the Angel series that, to me, represents the spirit of lost loved ones (my son Lucas).
"Peter Max is a national treasure this is an outrage! Free Peter Max!"
"He is an American icon and to be treated like this is disgraceful!"
"This isn't fair to anyone."
"Bring awareness to this system abuse. There’s no reason someone should be restrained on being themselves. This is an attack on human rights."
Bernie Draxler Laurich
Fan and Artist
"Peter should be with his family. He has given the world so much. Please give him some dignity and compassion."
Art Collector and Ally Against Exploitative Guardianships
"He needs ro be in the care of his family."
Art Lover & Peter Max Fan
"Peter Max is being held prisoner, yet committed no crimes!!! FREE PETER MAX!!!"
"To join the call for an end to the abuse of Peter Max"
"Clear mistreatment and manipulation of the estate of Peter Max."
"To help Peter live a better life in his final days."
"Peter Max deserves to be able to spend his final years any way he chooses. Loved ones deserve to be together in their final chapter.This is an just an abuse of power. FREE PETER MAX!"
"Violation of fundamental patients' rights in the provision of healthcare."
"Everyone has the right to remain free."
"He should be with his family!!!!"
"This sort of enforced isolation is cruel and unnecessary. Please free Peter Max."
"Knew Peter many years ago when my husband worked for Peter."
"Care should be provided by those that love and can support. Not by those full of greed who take away human rights."
"Met Peter Max some years ago. He is a sweet man and I’m a huge admirer of his works. No one should be treated like this."
"Stop this exploitation."
"Having met Mr. Max multiple times and being an avid collector of his work, as well as someone who works in the court system, the system is failing Peter and his family and friends."
"Restore Peter's dignity and return him to his family; he is an icon."
"This is a disgusting abuse of power and an inhumane way to treat another human being."
"No human being deserves this level of ill-treatment its immoral and wrong. He deserves the best care from his loved ones and family not from the state."
Mary Kay Speaks
Erin Garcia Garcia
"To put it simply - what’s happening is wrong. It’s inhumane. No one should be treated this way. He deserves better."
Jo-An McLean Turner
"Free Peter Max, everyone should be allowed to spend their last days with family by their side."
Maria Fernanda Nieto Serrano
Prof. Len Messina
"Its WRONG to treat Peter this way. Its killing him instead of helping. Such a gifted and nice man. People like him are rare..."
Tina & Tom Hamilton
"The assault on our elders must stop TODAY!"
"Justice for Peter he deserves better!"
"Because the government was founded on these words: Of the People, By the People, and For the People. I am an artist as well and I am signing in solidarity. Free Peter Max!"
"To end this family’s nightmare."
Beth Fye Beth
"Concerned citizen who met Peter Max in March 2018. I have 2 paintings."
"Love Peter Max"
"I have met Peter many years ago. He is an amazing artist and a sweet gentle man."
"Peter was the first artist I admired since the 70’s."
"One should not be involuntarily cut off from loved ones."
"Everyone deserves freedom and Proper care. Disgusting to here people whose focus should be care and providing a comfortable life for Peter has resulted in financial and bodily abuse!! The court needs to stop this abuse immediately."
"Love Peter Max's work and to deprive a person from their loved ones is an evil thing to do."
Lori B. Janicke
"Love him, want him happy and taken care of."
"I love Peter Max and this is not how he should be treated."
"Compassion for an inspirational genius."
Concert Producer and Friend
"He has the right to be with his family and friends."
"Please cease and desist this predatory guardianship. Allow the family to care for Peter Max! His current situation and treatment is appalling and inhumane! I am devastated."
"Grew up with Peter Max in my home, love the artwork."
"This is cruel treatment that no one deserves."
"This has to be against the law, this is a crime."
"I have loved Peter Max ever since I saw a feature of his work in Life Magazine September 1969. It had so much joy and colour yet commemorating social history. It changed my life and inspired my own artistic endeavours. In a magazine article of my work the next year, the headline read that I wanted to be Peter Max. I am horrified and appalled that this beautiful soul has been so cruelly imprisoned and abused by his keeper. Free Peter Max to spend the rest of his days with his family."
"WTF? How can this even exist in our country?"
"Let the man be with his family!"
"No person should be denied their family and friends. This should be investigated and the welfare of Mr. Max should be a first priority."
Mary A. Hardy
Hubert Griffin, III
"I am an RN working with veterans with dementia and keeping people from their family is against everything we know to be right. This hurts my heart."
"No one should be treated like this."
Fan and Collector of Peter Max ❤️
"Some of my family experienced the same thing. Very sad."
"Have followed his story for decades and saddened when I started hearing how he was being treated."
Business Owner and Peter Max Collector
"Peter is being wrongly treated !!!!"
"I went through the same thing with my mother and I love his work."
Mary Anne Kieliszewski
Chief Financial Officer
"This sounds just like that Netflix show; I Care A Lot . This is just terrible."
"This is inhuman!!!!"
"I am an advocate for senior and veteran rights. I have been a long time collector of Peter Max’ Artwork. And lastly, I’m a Christian who believes in fair and humane treatment."
"Anything to help this old friend!!"
"My father suffered from dementia and died alone of COVID-19. We included Peter Max artwork in my fathers memorial. Hearing that this is happening to this man is heartbreaking. No person should be treated like that. My heart is with his children. This type of grief is life changing."
"I met Peter Max and he was the nicest person. He signed some posters for my Graphic Arts class to my students. He deserves to be treated fairly and live out his days in good standing since he has brought so much joy in his art and loving personality."
"Peter should be under the care of people that want what's best for him."
"It’s not right at all what they are doing to him and have done. Those who have put him in this situation should be put in jail!"
"This is an atrocity & needs to be remedied YESTERDAY!"
"After bringing so much joy and love to the world around him, Peter deserves to live out his life in peace, surrounded by the love of his family and friends. It is past time to change the horrific law that has kept our elderly and vulnerable isolated and abused."
"How cruel is it that someone who our so much love, and color, and light into this world be forced to drift away in darkness and despair?"
"We need to speak for those who cannot!"
"This should never be allowed to happen to anyone ever."
"I met Peter Max when I was a teenager the mid 1980’s."
"Peter deserves better!"
Susan E. Buhler
"Please right this wrong!"
Owner of Peter Max Art
"As a Peter Max fan and the daughter of a late Alzheimer’s patient, I believe we must all be Peters voice in this matter."
"I acknowledge Peter Max as a remarkable and loving artist and demand that he is freed from this illegal guardianship!"
Former Gallery Director
"Deep admiration for him and the right to a free life."
"No person should be basically in-prisoned. Yes Mr. Max may need caring but this is the extreme and his family should have a say in his care."
"This situation is appalling. Mr Max deserves to have his family around him, caring for his needs !"
"End conservative abuse. Peter belongs with his loving family."
"I met him at Laguna Beach about 15 years ago at one of his shows. He actually did a sketch of me on the back of painting I purchased. I love this man, I love his work work He’s one of the reasons I’m an exhibiting artist today."
"Lover of his work."
"This is wrong!"
"Same reason as #FreeBritney, let these people live their lives."
"I want to stop this injustice! Give him back his rights!"
Friend of 20 years
"He was a big inspiration to me and my older sisters during the 70s he deserves his family to be taking care of him."
"Support those effected by Alzheimer’s."
"Taking away his freedom and right to be with his family at such a difficult time. Nobody should have to face this alone. New York State has taken freedom and dignity from so many under the guise of 'protecting' the people."
"This makes my heart hurt."
"Custody should belong to the family and all rights of any work should belong to the family, not to some random strangers trying to make millions off a world renowned artist, who also might be paying someone off to this going."
"If there are children or other living relatives who express the desire to care for their family, why are they being forbidden a part in his care despite his own wishes? He is not a destitute man with no one to look after his physical needs. What he is now is a man with no one looking after his emotional needs and neglecting his own wishes."
"No one should have to endure this."
"Reunite Peter with his loved ones."
Anita Williams Weinberg
"Nobody should be held hostage, in isolation from their trusted friends and family. #freepetermax"
"I love his work and have several paintings. I hope from Japan that he will be released and regain his happy life and we will see his new work again."
"Give this creative soul his family"
Julie Farris Scott
Nature/Wildlife Photographer & Peter Max Fan
Mary Kay Ochoa
"Peter needs to be freed to the arms of his loved ones, period! It is shocking that this can be allowed in our country. Release Peter and prosecute his current guardian to the full extent of the law."
"As a lifelong admirer of Peter Max, it is my hope that he will be freed and allowed to spend his remaining time surrounded by peace and love, which he was always and advocate for."
"Freedom for Peter Max."
"Supporting his brilliant career and rights to family love!"
"Let his family and friends care for him."
"A long time fan of his art, something like this should never happen."
"No one should live this way."
Caregiver and Peter Max Collector
Analyst in the Music Business, Longtime Fan of Peter Max
"I am shocked to hear about the treatment of Peter Max by the state. He has influenced so many people through his artwork, myself included. He deserves the fundamental right of freedom!"
"I met him and he should be allowed to see his family"
"I believe Peter should be free from his captors and with his family."
Jessica Lee Hoffman
Artist, Musician, Video/Audio Editor & Producer
"To the public officials who will be reading this petition; please don't allow this injustice to continue."
Robert G. Koch
"It is an atrocious denial of Peter Max' liberty, and right to be treated with love and care. The group responsible is only interested in filling their pockets; a similar situation to that of Stan Lee, the brilliant writer/producer. Mr. Max should be released from the deplorable conditions he in which he is living."
"Just plain wrong."
"Elder abuse is a crime! Let this beautiful man be with his family and friends."
"The kind words he said to me and my wife and our new born at a dinner in 2015 at Ritz Carlton Boston."
"Fan since the 1970s. No one deserves this treatment!"
"He needs people fighting for him like he has fought and given much of his time and money to protect his beliefs."
"Peter deserves freedom."
Philanthropist, CEO, Friend, and Collector
"I have loved Peter’s work all my life. He and truly anyone in this position deserves better."
Adriana Garces- Diaz
"I support the family and close friends of Peter Max in demanding his immediate release from guardianship. The treatment he has received over this extended period appears to be cruel, unjust and certainly, inhumane."
"No one deserves to be treated this way. It's cruel, inhumane, and a severe violation of Constitutional and human rights."
"This needs to be carefully evaluated and Peter’s wishes respected."
"This treatment is inhumane and must not be tolerated. A full investigation and prosecution into the guardian must be launched."
"Met him once at a show in the Westchester Mall. He was sweet and humble. He even signed a NYPD PBA card for me."
"Peter Max and his family deserve to live their life freely and enjoy their final years together."
"Admirer of Peter Max & his art. He deserves to be surrounded by love and comfort."
"Unfair treatment! Admirer of and inspired by Peter Max."
"No one should be held against their will and under these circumstances. Especially an amazing artist/human like him."
"Atrocious neglect of Peter Max is inhumane and cruel. Free this man's body and mind. It is unhealthy to be in isolation. Be kind to him."
"For the love of the artist and his art."
"This shouldn’t happen to anyone!"
Jeanine Magsitza Jeanine
Fan for over 50 years, Admirer, Cancer Survivor
"Peters work always brings me joy. I'm honored to have met him and honored to own a piece of his art. No one should have their dignity taken from them. Ever."
"Forever fan. This is heartbreaking! Please #freepetermax."
"Let Peter be loved and cared for as he deserves....free and peacefully loved."
"No one should have to be forcefully kept away from their family and their wishes ignored."
"This man needs his life preserved by family & or caretaker. This is despicable."
Linda Hunt Penix
"Advocate for justice and personal freedom
"Free Peter Max from forced isolation and guardianship."
"Justice and dignity for the wonderful artist Peter Max."
"He should be free not imprisoned. He should be able to spend his last moments of life with those he loves."
"Unjust treatment of a person."
"This is insanity. Free Peter."
"Deep concern about the circumstances described for a vulnerable man."
"Everyone needs their families."
"His artwork has brought so much joy to my life, but no one should suffer such ills at the hands of the unscrupulous."
"He deserves better. A wonderful artist and a very kind man."
"Peter Max's work has been highly influential to me and many around the world. He needs the support now more than ever."
"I want to support the freedom of a man that put so much expression and happiness into his artwork. He should not have his own happiness stripped away in his golden years."
Gallery Director, Author, and Yoga Friend of 20+ years
"Peter Max is an American Icon. That such an international symbol and diplomatic representative should be subjected to such unregulated abuse is detestable."
"I own several of his art works and love the good Peter Max has done in this world."
"The system is corrupt. Give the man to his family, the folks who actually care. Anyone involved in making this happen should be locked up."
"Peter was a free man with a soul who sang freedom. Please don’t cut him off from all that he stood for."
"It his is elder abuse restore his rights to Peter max and his family."
"My husband Louis Hernandez was an employee and friend of Peter we cared a lot for him and have signed painting etc . Please don’t do this to Peter he needs his child."
"He needs his family."
"To express my love of his art and my gratitude for the joy he has brought into the our world."
Telecommunications Engineer, Lifelong Fan, and Collector of Peter Max Artwork
"Peter Max does not deserve this! He's a lovely man who's been through enough."
"Attorney who has seen similar circumstances and lover of Peter Max art."
"Support for the Max family."
"This is inhumane and cruel. He’s a gem to humanity and should be treated as such."
"Free Peter Max!"
"He should be with his family."
"Greed is killing this amazing artist."
"I have always loved his work. He is a prisoner and should be free to be with his family in his last days. Please free this man and give him back his dignity and his life. This is wrong on so many levels. Make it stop."
"Peter Max should be with his family, this is absolutely awful how he’s being treated."
"As we’ve learned from the Britney Spears case, guardianships are inhumane and not in the best interest of the person. Peter needs to be with his family to let them decide upon the health care that he receives. Not in some strangers hands or the hands of the court."
Theresa D. Berger
"Unaccepable! I am a life-long lover of his art."
"Peter Max is amazing let him live life on his own terms."
Friend and Business Associate since 1975, CEO
"No one should be controlled.."
"Peter deserves his freedom!"
Senior Lifestyle Specialist
"This is cruel and inhumane treatment. He should have the freedom to be cared by loved ones. This is horrifying abuse."
"I love Peter Max. I own his beautiful artwork."
"We enjoy the beautiful artwork painted by Peter which have purchased over the years. It a disgrace that a lovely man like Peter finds himself in the terrible situation."
"How can the judge let this continue? He needs all those that love him the most right now. Prayers for you Peter."
"I know how little it takes to have a court of law to take control of a person’s life and am horrified to hear of this man’s situation. Whoever set up a guardianship with such stipulations, clearly was not out for HIS best interests."
"Peter Max is an inspiration and deserves freedom."
"Peter Max deserves to have his wishes followed and to have his loved ones around him at all times."
"Former Executive Assistant to Adam Max and assisted Peter Max for 2 years. Sending many prayers."
"I am a lover of this man's work for years. He deserves better."
Shelby Lynn Pflugh
"Give Peter Max his freedom back."
Mark A. Zucker
"Have loved Peter Max’s work since the ‘60’s! Have met him on a few occasions when attending showings of his work, have made some purchases! Of what is being done to Peter besides so sad is just so criminal."
Cindy Sellati Nimmer
"Peter Max needs to be released into the care of his loved ones who will fight for his rights and allow him to live out the rest of his life in peace."
Fan and Collector
Advocate for Seniors
"Needs his family, not strangers stealing his money!!!!"
"I am appalled to hear that Peter’s life is being controlled by non-family members. This needs to be changed."
"His immediate family should be in charge."
"Let Peter enjoy the last years of his life...on his terms!"
"Would you want your loved one treated this way?"
"This is a disgrace and an outrage! Someone please help this man and his family!"
"To support the best intentions for this poor man."
"To allow Peter to be around family when he needs them most."
Peter Max Fan and Collector
"People should be able to choose family that wants to care for them over strangers and Isolation."
"FREE THIS GIFTED ARTIST"
Peter Max Fan and Collector
"Give Peter his life back!"
"Peter is a loving family member of mine!"
"No one should be going through this!"
"We must stop the abuse of the elderly and the infirm!"
"Love his art."
Registered Nurse and Bereavement Advocate