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Peter Max Lawrence
Lawrence (2007)
Born (1977-03-19) March 19, 1977 (age 47)
Topeka, Kansas, U.S.
EducationSan Francisco Art Institute
Occupation(s)Artist, film director

Peter Max Lawrence (born March 19, 1977, in Topeka, Kansas) is a multidisciplinary contemporary artist, as well as performance artist, curator, filmmaker, and film director. He is known to work in painting, video installation, sculpture, photography and drawing.[1][2] Lawrence has had art exhibitions in galleries throughout the United States and Europe.[1] He has lived in San Francisco[3] and Kansas City, Missouri.

Early life[edit]

Lawrence was born in Topeka, Kansas in 1977,[1][4] and was adopted soon thereafter by Barbra and Dennis Lawrence.[citation needed] He was raised in Western Wyandotte County in Kansas where he attended St. Patricks, Bishop Ward and Kansas City Kansas Community College.[citation needed] He has identified as being gay, which has influenced his art.[5][6]

Lawrence received his B.F.A. in 2009 in new genres from the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI).[citation needed] He received the CAAC fellowship in 1999 and the Garber Grant in 2001.[1] While he was a student, he worked under artist Ian McDonald at a De Young museum artist residency and they produced a film for the Truly CA series.[7][8]

He relocated to Kansas City, Missouri,[when?] and seven years later to San Francisco[when?] to take up performance, film and video art.[citation needed]

He lived and worked in California for 15 years.[9]


His discography includes such music as Banana Blues, On Your Own Time, Queer from Kansas, and The Media.[10]

One of his early showings of his art was The Man Who Was Too Loud (2001) at the Kansas City, Kansas, Public Library, about coming out publicly as gay.[6] It was followed later in 2001, by a showing in Montreal.[6] Lawrence also was in the art exhibitions, The Indelible Sulk (2013) a solo art installation at Mission: Comics and Art in San Francisco;[11] Ungodly: The Spiritual Medium (2020) a group exhibition at Oregon Contemporary gallery in Portland, Oregon;[12] and At War (2012) with Truong Tran at SOMArts in San Francisco (as part of a curatorial residency).[13][better source needed]. Lawrence was the third artist in residence for Kalup Linzy's project Queen Rose Art House in tandem with Tulsa Artist Fellowship (2023) [2]


Paper Waster Press was a collective project with Lawrence, he first engaged with Amy Whitehead,[when?] and later with Nico Peck; the duos collaborations continued until 2011.[citation needed] Lawrence was part of, The Cries of San Francisco: Saturday Market #2 (2011), a group project by Allison Smith at Southern Exposure, San Francisco, California.[14][15] Lawrence was part of the art event, Breaking My Spell (2011) at Reykjavik Culture Night, Reykjavik, Iceland; working with fellow SFAI students Michelle Morby, Kirk Wilder, Jenalee Harmon, and Melkorka Helgadottir.[16][17][better source needed]


Live performances include collaborations and a trilogy of performances in Athens, Greece, that were the cumulative work of an extended residency at Sub Rosa Space[18] including Beyond Say: An American in Athens (2018),[19] The Umpire Strikes Back (2018),[20] Return of the Yeti (2018).[21] Lawrence performed, I Miss America (2018)[22] at CHEAPArt gallery in Athens.[23][24]

Lawrence performed Whimper (2014), The Stud bar in San Francisco.[25][26] He performed at 4WAVES: 40 Performances for the Hole (2019) in the group event in San Francisco.[27]


Lawrence has also directed music videos such as Krystle Warren's[28] I've Seen Days[29] and On that First Day of Autumn;[30] Carletta Sue Kay's, The Lady and the Creature From the Black Lagoon, For the Birds, and Just Another Beautiful Boy; Pookie and the Poodlez's, go go away from me; and The Centauros[31] featuring AL-V, Calavera in Barcelona, Spain.

  • Glitter (2005)
  • Negative Space/Jane Sommerhauser (2006)
  • Poor Pandora (Spring 2008)
  • Something to Trade (2008)
  • Queer in Kansas (2008), an autobiographical film.[32][4]
  • Warholics[5]
  • De Young (2017), an experimental documentary as part of the Truly CA series,[8]


  • 2019 – THE ONE[33][failed verification]
  • 2015 – Lid Off Film Festival, alongside the Grassroots Art Center, Lucas Area Community Theater, Lucas, Kansas[34]
  • 2014 – The News with Kolmel WithLove at SOMArts, San Francisco, California[35][36][37]


  1. ^ a b c d "Peter Max Lawrence biography". The American Center for Artists. Americanartists.org. Archived from the original on November 1, 2008. Retrieved October 29, 2008.
  2. ^ Jialin Luh (December 20, 2005). "Artists Melding with Patrons". SF Station. Sfstation.com. Archived from the original on June 20, 2018. Retrieved October 29, 2008.
  3. ^ "Peter Max Lawrence bio". Equalaccessart.com. Archived from the original on November 1, 2008. Retrieved October 29, 2008.
  4. ^ a b Sister Dana Van Iquity (November 16, 2006). "The Gods Are Alive And Well at Magnet". San Francisco Bay Times. San Francisco Bay Times. Archived from the original on February 16, 2008. Retrieved October 29, 2008.
  5. ^ a b "Artist Profile: Peter Max Lawrence". Gay Travel. February 16, 2012. Retrieved October 25, 2021.
  6. ^ a b c Walker, Steve (February 8, 2001). "Paint It Loud". Pitch.com. Archived from the original on September 25, 2007. Retrieved January 8, 2011.
  7. ^ "Truly CA". kqed.org. Retrieved October 29, 2008.
  8. ^ a b Truly CA, De Young, PBS, retrieved October 27, 2021
  9. ^ "BA of the Week Artist – Peter Max Lawrence". Broke-Ass Stuart's Website. Retrieved October 28, 2021.
  10. ^ "Peter Max Lawrence discography". Purevolume.com. Archived from the original on May 20, 2011. Retrieved October 29, 2008.
  11. ^ Abney, Andrea (May 15, 2013). "Bay Area weekend picks, May 16–19". SFGATE. Retrieved October 28, 2021.
  12. ^ "Justin Hoover Ungodly". Oregon Contemporary. Retrieved October 28, 2021.
  13. ^ "Artists Peter Max Lawrence & Truong Tran discuss curatorial residency at SOMArts". YouTube. Retrieved October 21, 2021.
  14. ^ "The Cries of San Francisco: Saturday Market #2". Southern Exposure. May 7, 2013. Retrieved October 14, 2021.
  15. ^ Smith, Heather (June 8, 2011). "Cries of San Francisco". Mission Local. Retrieved October 21, 2021.
  16. ^ "Peter Max Lawrence". Breaking My Spell. Retrieved October 28, 2021.
  17. ^ "The Invasion Has Begun". Korka. August 2, 2011.
  18. ^ "Sub Rosa". Sub Rosa. Retrieved October 14, 2021.
  19. ^ "Beyond Say". Sub Rosa. Retrieved October 14, 2021.
  20. ^ "The Umpire Strikes Back". Sub Rosa. Retrieved October 14, 2021.
  21. ^ "Return of the Yeti". Sub Rosa. Retrieved October 14, 2021.
  22. ^ "I Miss America | Peter Max Lawrence". www.cheapart.gr. Retrieved October 20, 2021.
  23. ^ "CHEAPART 2018". www.cheapart.gr. Retrieved October 20, 2021.
  24. ^ "CHEAPART | 83 ΔΕΘ". www.cheapart.gr. Retrieved October 20, 2021.
  25. ^ "elbo room". quiet lightning. March 7, 2017. Retrieved October 27, 2021.
  26. ^ "The Stud". quiet lightning. January 10, 2017. Retrieved October 27, 2021.
  27. ^ Rosario, Dara Katrina Del (August 21, 2019). "Press Release: 4Waves: 40 Performances for the Hole". SOMArts. Retrieved October 28, 2021.
  28. ^ [1][dead link]
  29. ^ "I've Seen Days". YouTube. October 29, 2008. Archived from the original (video) on December 17, 2013.
  30. ^ Ford, Nancy; Dieckman, Eric A.T. "Review: Krystal Warren & The Faculty: Diary". Outsmartmagazine.com. Retrieved October 29, 2008.[permanent dead link]
  31. ^ "Centauros". Centauros. Retrieved October 28, 2021.
  32. ^ "QUEER in KANSAS | Frameline35 | Peter Max Lawrence | USA". history.frameline.org. Retrieved October 25, 2021.
  33. ^ "THE ONE". www.paperwasterpress.com. Retrieved October 28, 2021.
  34. ^ "Lid Off Film Festival". Great Bend Tribune. 2015. Retrieved October 27, 2021.
  35. ^ Staff, Sasha Chebil | (June 6, 2013). "Queer artists encourage booing at SOMArts show". The Daily Californian. Retrieved October 28, 2021.
  36. ^ "The News 3 Year Anniversary Performance | in San Francisco". Time Out San Francisco. July 22, 2015. Retrieved October 28, 2021.
  37. ^ ""The News" 3 Year Anniversary: Fresh Queer Performance Series | SoMa". Funcheap. December 27, 2014. Retrieved October 28, 2021.

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