Peter Max was in the news for a sensational and generous offer to provide a life of green fields for the famed Cinci Freedom, a sweet cow that escaped from an Ohio slaughterhouse this February.
Freedom lept over a 6 foot fence while the slaughterhouse workers were on break and eluded capture for 11 days!
Peter donated $180,000 worth of his art to benefit the local Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, to ensure her a long life of peace at a New York Farm Sanctuary.
Peter's life has always been compassion and peace oriented.
Peter Max is a multi-dimensional creative artist. He has worked with oils, acrylics, water colors, finger paints, dyes, pastels, charcoal, pen, multi-colored pencils, etchings, engravings, animation cells, lithographs, serigraphs, silk screens, ceramics, sculpture, collage, video, xerox, fax, and computer graphics. He loves all media; even including mass media as a "canvas" for his creative expression.
European born, Peter was raised in Shanghai, China, where he spent his first ten years. Peter arrived in Israel right after it won its independence in 1948. There he lived and attended school near Mount Carmel in Haifa. It was during the next few years that he discovered his life pursuit as an artist and developed a love and fascination for astronomy.
In 1953, Peter's family emigrated to America via a six-month visit to Paris.
As the '60s progressed, Max's photo collages gave way to his famous "Cosmic '60s" style, with its distinctive line work and bold color combinations. This new style developed as a spontaneous creative urge, following Max's meeting with Swami Satchidananda, an Indian Yoga master who taught him meditation and the spiritual teachings of the East. Max's Cosmic '60s art, with its transcendental imagery captured the imagination of the entire generation and catapulted the young artist to fame and fortune.
Max also created series of works called the Better World series, and created a painting called "I love the World", depicting an angel embracing the planet, inspired by his backstage experience at the Live Aid concert.
In 1989, for the 20th anniversary of Woodstock, Max was asked to create world's largest rock and roll stage for the Moscow Music Peace Festival. Soon after the festival, in October, 1989, Max unveiled his "40 Gorbys", a colorful homage to Mikhail Gorbachev. As if it had prophetic overtones, a few weeks later, Communism fell in Eastern Europe and Max was selected to receive a 7000 pound section of the Berlin Wall, which was installed on the battleship Intrepid museum. Using a hammer and chisel, Max carved a dove from within the stone and placed it on top of the wall to set it free.
As a painter for four previous U.S. Presidents, Carter, Ford, Bush and Reagan, in 1993, Max was approached by the inaugural committee to create posters for Bill Clinton's inauguration. He was later invited to the White House to paint the signing of the Peace Accord.
Always an optimist, Max sees a fabulous new age for the new millennium, filled with enormous possibilities. He also sees a need for a greater responsibility to our planet, and he is ever ready to serve as the "Global Artist".
For more on Peter Max, see http://www.fineart.com/max-bio.htm