Born in 1974 in Jersey City, NJ, USA
Lives and works in New York, USA

KAWS

KAWS (b. 1974, Jersey City, New Jersey; lives and works in Brooklyn), has exhibited internationally in major museums. His most recent solo exhibitions include KAWS: WHERE THE END STARTS at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and Yuz Museum, Shanghai; and Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Longside Gallery (2016).  Continuing in the tradition of Pop Art, his influential work crosses painting, sculpture and printmaking along with fashion, merchandise and toy production while drawing upon art history and popular culture. In his paintings, KAWS deconstructs his appropriation of iconic characters into forms that draw on the tradition of abstract painting.  

education

1996
- BFA School of Visual Arts, New York, NY

solo shows

2018
- KAWS, Galerie Perrotin, Tokyo, Japan
- KAWS, Galerie Perrotin, Hong Kong

2017
- WHERE THE END STARTS, Yuz Museum, Shanghai, China
- KAWS, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, USA

2016
- WHERE THE END STARTS, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX
- KAWS: BFF, Central Embassy, Bangkok, Thailand
- KAWS, Galerie Perrotin, Seoul, South Korea
- KAWS, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Yorkshire, UK

2015
- Permanent Vacation II, Eden Rock Gallery, St. Barts
- ALONG THE WAY, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
- Newcomb Art Gallery at Woldenburg Art Center, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
- CLEAN SLATE, LA NAVE, Las Salinas, Ibiza, Spain
- CLEAN SLATE, Shanghai Times Square, Shanghai, China

2014
- MAN'S BEST FRIEND, Honor Fraser, Los Angeles, USA
- Permanent Vacation, Eden Rock Gallery, St. Barths
- CLEAN SLATE, Harbour City, Hong Kong, China
- FINAL DAYS, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Málaga, Spain
- PLAY YOUR PART, Galeria Javier Lopez, Madrid, Spain


2013
- PASS THE BLAME, Galerie Perrotin New York, USA
- Mary Boone Gallery in cooperation with Galerie Perrotin, New York, USA
- Ups and Downs, The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, USA
- KAWS @ PAFA, inside PAFA’s Historic Landmark Building
- Sculpture Plinth Exhibition Program: KAWS, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
- KAWS GISWIL, More Gallery, Giswil, Switzerland
-Ohhh…,Kaikai Kiki Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

2012
- Imaginary Friends, Galerie Perrotin, Paris, France
- The Nature of Need, Galerie Perrotin, Hong Kong
- KAWS: Down Time, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA

2011
- KAWS: Companion, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
- FOCUS: KAWS, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX
- Hold The Line, Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
- Passing Through, The Standard, New York, NY
- Passing Through, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT

2010
- Passing Through, Harbour City, Hong Kong, China
- Pay the Debt to Nature, Galerie Perrotin, Paris, France
- KAWS, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT
- Galeria Javier Lopez, Madrid, Spain

2009
- The Long Way Home, Honor Fraser, Los Angeles, CA

2008
- Gering & López Gallery, New York, NY
- Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Miami, FL

2003
- Original Fake, BAPE Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

2002
- Elms Lesters Painting Room, London, UK
- C9, MU Art Foundation, Eindhoven, Netherlands

2001
- Tokyo First, Parco Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

group shows

2016
- Holdings: Selections from MCASD's Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla, USA
- Greek Gotham, Dio Horia Gallery, Mykonos, Greece
- A Material Legacy: The Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Collection of Contemporary Art, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, USA

2015
- Respect, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Málaga, Spain
- ArtZuid 2015, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2014
- If You're Accidentally Not Included, Don't Worry About It., curated by Peter Saul, Zurcher Studio, New York, USA
- Joyride, Marlborough Chelsea, New York, NY
- Ok, I'll rename it, Bill Brady KC, Kansas City, MO
- Knock! Knock!, Galeria Javier Lopez, Madrid, Spain
- Full House, Garth Greenan Gallery, New York, NY
- PAINT NEW YORK, GL Strand, Copenhagen, Denmark


2015
- A Shared Space: KAWS, Karl Wirsum, Tomoo Gokita, Newcomb Art Museum, New Orleans, U.S.A
- ArtZuid 2015, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2014
- If You're Accidentally Not Included, Don't Worry About It., curated by Peter Saul, Zurcher Studio, New York, NY
- Joyride, Marlborough Chelsea, New York, NY
- Ok, I'll rename it, Bill Brady KC, Kansas City, MO
- Knock! Knock!, Galeria Javier Lopez, Madrid, Spain
- Full House, Garth Greenan Gallery, New York, NY
- PAINT NEW YORK, GL Strand, Copenhagen, Denmark

2013
- Happy Birthday Galerie Perrotin / 25ans, TRIPOSTAL, Lille, France

2012
- White Columns Benefit Exhibition and Auction, White Columns, New York, NY

2011
- PRETTY ON THE INSIDE, organized by Erik Parker and KAWS, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, NY
- Party Animals, Royal-T, Los Angeles, CA
- Art in the Streets, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
- FACEMAKER, curated by Katy Grayson, Royal/T, Los Angeles, CA

2010
- Mutant Pop, Curated by Joe Grillo, Laura Grant, and Brandon Joyce, Galleri Loyal, Malmo, Sweden
- It Ain't Fair, OHWOW, Miami, FL
- The Reflected Gaze - Self Portraiture Today, The Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA

2009
- Just what is it that make today's painting so different, so appealing, Gering & López Gallery, New York, NY
- Stages, organized by Lance Armstrong and Nike, Galerie Emannuel Perrotin, Paris, France
- Alpha Exotica, curated by Dimitrios Antonitsis, Hydra School Projects, Athens, Greece
- The New Yorkers, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
- Plastic Culture, Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston, UK
- I Can't Feel My Face, curated by KAWS, Royal-T, Los Angeles, CA

2008
- Everything Else, Franklin Parrasch Gallery, New York, NY

2007
- POPcentric, Gering & López Gallery, New York, NY

2006
- Info Babble, Richard & Dolly Maass Gallery, Purchase, NY
- Ugly Winners, Galerie Du Juor Agnes B., Paris, France

2004
- Beautiful Losers, curated by Aaron Rose and Christian Strike, Le Tri Postal, Lille, France, Palazzo Dell'Arte, Milan, Italy, USF Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, FL, Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, MD, Orange County - Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA, Yerba Buena Arts Center, San Francisco, CA, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH

2003
- SK8 on the Wall, Parco Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

2002
- Session The Bowl, Deitch Projects, New York, NY
- ALIFE Shop, Deitch Projects, New York, NY
- Coded Language, City Gallery Chastain, Atlanta, GA

2001
- Shortcuts, Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre, Athens, Greece
- Pierides Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece
- New Acquisitions from the Dakis Joannou Collection, Deste Foundation, Athens, Greece

public collections

- High Museum, Atlanta, Georgia
- Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, Texas
- Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, Kansas
- Rosenblum Collection, Paris
- Zabludowicz Collection, London

BIOGRAPHY

Considered one of the most relevant artists of his generation, KAWS engages audiences beyond the museums and galleries in which he regularly exhibits. His prolific body of influential work straddles the worlds of art and design to include paintings, murals, large-scale sculptures, street art, and graphic and product design. Over the last two decades KAWS has built a successful career with work that consistently shows his formal agility as an artist, as well as his underlying wit, irreverence, and affection for our times. He often draws inspiration and appropriates from pop culture animations to form a unique artistic vocabulary for his works across various mediums.
Now admired for his larger-than-life sculptures and hardedge paintings that emphasize line and color, KAWS’ cast of hybrid cartoon and human characters are perhaps the strongest examples of his exploration of humanity. His refined graphic language revitalizes figuration with big, bold gestures and keen, playful intricacy. As seen in his collaborations with global brands, KAWS’ imagery possesses a sophisticated humor and reveals a thoughtful interplay with consumer products. Highly sought-after by collectors inside and outside of the art world, KAWS’ artworks, with their broad appeal, establishes him as one of the most prominent artists in today’s culture.
KAWS (b. 1974, Jersey City, New Jersey; lives and works  in Brooklyn, New York) has exhibited internationally in major museums. His recent solo exhibitions include KAWS: WHERE THE END STARTS, Modern Art Museum  of Fort Worth, Texas (2016) which traveled to the Yuz Museum, Shanghai (2017); KAWS, Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Longside Gallery, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom (2016).  His work has also been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Missouri (2017); Brooklyn Museum, New York (2015); Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Málaga, Spain (2014); Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, Kansas (2013); Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia (2013); and the High Art Museum, Atlanta, Georgia (2011).
His monumental sculptures have been shown in prestigious locations including the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, United Kingdom and the Brooklyn Museum, New York.

KAWS - Small Lie - set of 3

KAWS - Small Lie - set of 3

KAWS: Toy

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KAWS - Small lie (black)

KAWS: Toy

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KAWS - Small lie (brown)

KAWS - Small lie (brown)

KAWS: Toy

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KAWS - Small lie (grey)

KAWS - Small lie (grey)

KAWS: Toy

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Kaws - Where the end starts

Kaws - Where the end starts

Exhibition catalog

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KAWS

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Book

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  • April 2018
    Hong-Kong Tatler — 3 PAGES

  • April 2018
    Prestige — 3 PAGES

  • April 2018
    CANS Asia Art News — 1 PAGE

  • April 2018
    CoBo Social — 4 PAGES

  • April 2018
    Milk Magazine — 1 PAGE

2018

KAWS

March 26 - May 19, 2018

hong kong

50 Connaught Road Central, 17th Floor - Hong Kong

KAWS

March 22 - May 12, 2018

tokyo

Piramide Building, 1F, 6-6-9 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032, Japan

2016

KAWS

June 02 - August 27, 2016

Seoul

1F 5 Palpan-gil, Jongno-gu Seoul South Korea

2014

Chiho AOSHIMA, Daniel ARSHAM, Sophie CALLE, Johan CRETEN, Tracey EMIN, Daniel FIRMAN, GELITIN, Laurent GRASSO, JR, Gregor HILDEBRANDT, KAWS, Bharti KHER, Klara KRISTALOVA, MR., Guy LIMONE, Ryan MCGINLEY, Takashi MURAKAMI, Prune NOURRY, Jean-Michel OTHONIEL, Paola PIVI, Terry RICHARDSON, Germaine RICHIER, Aya TAKANO, Xavier VEILHAN, Andy WARHOL, Marina ABRAMOVIC, Valerie BELIN, Guerrilla Girls, Alex KATZ, Annette MESSAGER, Yoko ONO, Rob PRUITT, Cindy SHERMAN, Taryn SIMON, Mickalene THOMAS, Agnès THURNAUER, Tom WESSELMANN

May 27 - June 25, 2014

paris

76 rue de Turenne 75003 Paris France

G I R L - curated by Pharrell Williams

curated by Pharrell Williams

2013

KAWS

November 02 - December 21, 2013

new york

909 Madison Avenue New York

PASS THE BLAME

2012

KAWS

November 03 - December 22, 2012

paris

76 rue de Turenne 75003 Paris France

Imaginary Friends

KAWS

May 15 - June 30, 2012

hong kong

50 Connaught Road Central, 17th Floor - Hong Kong

The Nature of Need

2010

KAWS

November 06 - December 23, 2010

paris

76 rue de Turenne 75003 Paris France

Pay the Debt to Nature

2009

JR, KAWS, Yoshitomo NARA, Ed RUSCHA, Rosson CROW, Jules DE BALINCOURT, DZINE, Shepard FAIREY, Andreas GURSKY, Geoff MCFETRIDGE, Catherine OPIE, Jose PARLA, Lari PITTMAN, Tom SACHS, Kenny SCHARF, Eric WHITE, Christopher WOOL, Aaron YOUNG, Richard PRINCE

July 17 - August 08, 2009

paris

76 rue de Turenne 75003 Paris France

STAGES Lance Armstrong Foundation launch a global art exhibition to raise funds and awarness in the fight against cancer

2008

KAWS

September 20 - November 15, 2008

miami

194 NW 30th Street Miami, FL 33127 US

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