Grove Gallery to welcome Peter Max, Shaq portrait

By: Allison Zucker Perelman

Legendary artist Peter Max is shown with his portrait of Shaquille O’Neil.

An impressive collection of artist legend Peter Max’s exquisite paintings will be available for acquisition at the Max in the Grove Gallery, 2996 McFarlane Rd. in Coconut Grove.

Exhibit previews begin May 8 and the exhibit extends through Sunday, May 16, and meet the artist appearances are Saturday, May 15, 7-10 p.m., and Sunday, May 16, 1-4 p.m. More than 150 unique works are available for acquisition and all appearances are open to the public. You may RSVP to 786-313-3322.

With paintings on exhibition in hundreds of museums and galleries worldwide, Max and his vibrant colors have become part of the fabric of contemporary culture. He has been called successively a Pop Icon, Neo Fauvist, Abstract Expressionist and the United States’ “Painter Laureate.”

This exhibit features paintings of the new Barack Obama portraits, Miami’s much loved and iconic “Shaq,” the Statue of Liberty, Max’s famous “Flag” pieces, “Umbrella Man” and the prestigious 10- Cent Stamp bearing the title “Preserve the Environment.”

Taking on a life size portrait of 7-foot-1 NBAsuper star Shaquille O’Neil was even a big deal to the artist who had painted a Boeing 777 super jet for Continental Airlines and a 500-foot stage for the Woodstock ’99 Music Festival.

“I wanted to make the painting of Shaq larger than life,” Max said. “But painting him to his actual dimensions was mind boggling itself. When people saw it at my studio they couldn’t believe that it was just life size.”

Shaq joins the roster of many other people of stature who Max has celebrated with his expressionistic brush strokes of vibrant colors.

Max also has painted Presidents Clinton and Obama, the Dalai Lama and Nelson Mandela, Paul McCartney and Mick Jagger, and Mickey Mantle and Muhammad Ali, to mention a few.

“Shaq’s great personality matches his physical stature,” Max said. “He has been a pleasure to get to know and I am proud to have him as a new friend.”

For more information about Peter Max, America’s most well known and most collected artist, go to < www.petermax.com >.


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