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you for the movie's artwork - What was your actual personal involve-  PM: I am a bit past 70 years but I feel more like I am in my late
ment with the Beatles and did you work on “Yellow Submarine”?         30’s to early 40’s, and even sometimes still in my 20’s. I credit
PM: Being close friends with the Beatles I was called upon by         my love for creativity in keeping me young - creativity and I are
them to work on the movie. In order to do the job, I would            one! Just as a person may be born with blue eyes a person is also
have had to spend six months to a year in Europe and could            born with creativity already a part of them. Being a Yogi keeps
not commit the time. Instead I offered my advice and consulta-        me focused and humble. Being a total vegan helps me to look
tion for the artwork and then, although I had never personally        and feel young and energetic.
met him, I recommended the German artist, Heinz Edelmann,             CRW: Do you have a favorite piece that you have created or are
well known for copying my style of work. I did finally meet           most proud of ?
Edelmann, and Heinz handed me his business card that read             PM: All of my works are my favorite and they all make a
“Heinz Edelmann, the German Peter Max.” I then asked of               statement. The one that has become my most popular work
Heinz one favor - to take my name off of his card.                    is “Love,” an image with the word Love floating on a colorful
CRW: How do you see yourself and define who you are?                  ombre background coupled with a profile of a girl.
PM: I love the title of hippy because it means someone who is         When I asked him how many pieces of art has he created, Peter
thinking cosmic and futuristic. As a Yogi my true feelings about      joyfully answered “More than 4 pieces of art.” He continues
my life is a line stated in yoga “Love all and serve all.”            to paint every day, staying creative 24 hours a day. Peter speaks
CRW: How did it come about that you worked with Lee Iacocca           like the proud father he is of his son and daughter. His voice
of Chrysler to save the Statue of Liberty?                            sparkles when explaining how he met his incredible wife and
PM: In 1976 I began painting the Liberties in celebration of          knew from the first moment that he saw her, that he was going
the country’s bicentennial. I went on to celebrate the Statue by      to marry her.
painting Liberties in the years following. In 1981 I was invited      Peter Max is not only an icon and a talented artist, after hav-
to paint six Liberties at the White House for President Reagan        ing the honor of speaking with him I believe that much of his
and his wife Nancy.Upon returning to New York a friend came           creativity is derived from being an amazing human with a sense
to me deeply concerned about the destruction of the Statue            of gratitude for the purity of life. He sees the good in all liv-
of Liberty due to its dire need of renovation. Seeing an ad           ing creatures even the tiniest of bugs that he finds in his abode
with Lee Iacocca and Chrysler brought to mind a friend of             which he will gently pick up to carry down 15 flights of stairs to
mine who had the ability to contact Lee. Soon I was working           place safe and alive in the peaceful park across the street from
in harmony with Lee Iacocca to raise the tremendous amount            his building. The art of Peter Max is symbolic of the vivacious
of funds needed to renovate the beautiful statue. I appreciate        person that the man, Peter Max, is.
America as being the most artistic nation because of its diversity.

CRW: How old are you, how old do you actually feel and what We all should follow Peter Max and never be afraid to dance! ?
keeps your work relevant?

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