Los Angeles, b.1958

Kenny Scharf

Born in Hollywood, California, Kenny Scharf lives and works in Los Angeles and New York. His graffiti paintings gained him notoriety and fame in the New York downtown art scene of the 1980s, with his work regularly featuring stylized aliens and popular culture icons in tessellated, colorful patterns. “Part of what I do and what I want to do is I want to bring art into the everyday life,” Scharf has said of his practice. “If you’re just walking in the street and you're confronted by something, that might change your day—it might inspire you.”

Often painting improvisationally, many of Scharf’s playful, gestural murals still adorn New York streets to this day. He has gained widespread recognition in renowned institutions, as evidenced by his inclusion in the 1985 Whitney Biennial....

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Biography

Born in Hollywood, California, Kenny Scharf lives and works in Los Angeles and New York. His graffiti paintings gained him notoriety and fame in the New York downtown art scene of the 1980s, with his work regularly featuring stylized aliens and popular culture icons in tessellated, colorful patterns. “Part of what I do and what I want to do is I want to bring art into the everyday life,” Scharf has said of his practice. “If you’re just walking in the street and you're confronted by something, that might change your day—it might inspire you.”

Often painting improvisationally, many of Scharf’s playful, gestural murals still adorn New York streets to this day. He has gained widespread recognition in renowned institutions, as evidenced by his inclusion in the 1985 Whitney Biennial. His work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, the Miami Center for the Fine Arts, and the Queens Museum of Art, the Pasadena Museum of California Art, the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, The Dali Museum, Tampa, Florida, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Monterrey, Mexico, and the Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Artworks

Untitled, 1983

Related Categories

20th Century Art / Abstract and Figurative / American Art / Animation/Cartoon/Comic Books / Art of the 1980s / Bright Colors / Cartoonish/Fictitious Characters / Contemporary American Art / Graffiti / Inspired by Pop Culture / Los Angeles / Mural / New York / Oil on Wood / Oil Paint / Oil Painting / Popular Culture / Popular Culture Images / Street Art / United States / Wood

Curriculum Vitae

Group Exhibitions

  • 2019

    We Were Here: East Coast x West Coast, Chase Contemporary, New York, NY

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Group Exhibitions

  • 2019

    We Were Here: East Coast x West Coast, Chase Contemporary, New York, NY