KAWS
Passing Through (Black), 2013
About the Artist
Overview
American, b. 1974, Jersey City, New Jersey, based in Brooklyn, New York
Biography

“KAWS” is a graffiti artist, illustrator, painter, sculptor, product designer, and toymaker. His cartoonish style—including his best-known characters with X-ed out eyes—has its roots in his early career as a street artist, when he began replacing advertisements with his own, masterful acrylic paintings in the early 1990s. Since, KAWS has embraced the commercialist spirit of Claes Oldenburg and Takashi Murakami, designing everything from Kanye West album covers to Nike sneakers. Avoiding the distinction between products and art objects, KAWS has shown his work increasingly in galleries and museums over the past decade; some of his most famous images are reimagined versions of pop characters like Mickey Mouse and the Michelin Man.

Solo Shows on Artsy
2016
KAWS: WHERE THE END STARTS, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
2016
KAWS, Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Group Shows on Artsy
2017
DEDICATED TO SOMEONE SPECIAL, Alpha 137 Gallery
2016
Tech-né-Color, Sandra Gering Inc
2016
2015
MUTATED REALITY, Gary Tatintsian Gallery
2014
Mana Monumental, Mana Contemporary
Fair History on Artsy