Brooklyn-based, KAWS is a world-renowned artist who regularly exhibits in museums and galleries internationally. KAWS’s art stands within the historical continuum that began with Pop Art, straddling the line between fine art and global commerce. From his 5-meter tall sculpture COMPANION (PASSING THROUGH) to his 9-meter tall wooden sculpture SMALL LIE, presented during London’s FRIEZE ART FAIR, his artworks are immediately recognizable as he transforms iconic pop culture characters into thought-provoking works of art. His work possesses a sophisticated humor while utilizing a refined graphic language that revitalizes figuration with big, bold gestures and keen, playful intricacy. By producing fine art via thoughtful interplay with consumer products and collaborations with global brands, KAWS moves beyond the sphere of the exclusive art market to occupy a more complex, global market.
KAWS was born in Jersey City, New Jersey and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts. KAWS has presented exhibitions in museums and galleries of world over, including CAC Málaga in Spain, the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Overland Park, Kansas, USA, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth in Fort Worth, Texas, USA, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut, USA, Honor Fraser Gallery in Los Angeles, California, USA, Galerie Perrotin in Hong Kong, New York and Paris, and Mary Boone Gallery in New York, USA. KAWS will be participating in an outdoor group sculptural exhibition, ARTZUID, Amsterdam in May, while a mid-carer survey of his work will open at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth in the fall of 2016.