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Kenny Scharf

1958
Born in Los Angeles, CA

American painter and iconic street artist, Scharf’s graffiti paintings gained him notoriety and fame in the New York downtown art scene of the 1980s, along with friends Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Scharf paints improvisationally, creating playful, gestural murals featuring stylized aliens and popular culture icons in tessellated, colorful patterns. Many still adorn New York streets to this day. Scharf 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, among others.

WILDerness, 2014
Oil on found painting
15 x 13 in (38.1 x 33.02 cm)