Steve Kaufman - Master of the Screen print and pop art Kaufman is widely regarded as one of the most famous pop artists in the world. Kaufman’s style has evolved multiple times throughout his career, keeping his art fresh and relevant to a modern audience. Steve Kaufman’s art career began very early. He grew up with a love of painting and his artistic skills were evident from a very early age. He officially began his art career at 8 with his first art exhibit. By age 12, he was painting Pet Rocks sold at Macy’s in New York City where he was born and raised. But Kaufman first became a household name in the pop cultural art community when he met Andy Warhol at Studio 54 in New York City and began working as his apprentice in the famous Andy Warhol Factory. At age 29, Warhol went in his own direction and opened up his own successful art studio. Steve Kaufman art has a unique production style that sets it apart from the work of other artist’s. His work is often compared to his mentor Andy Warhol in style, and while the two share many things in common in terms of subject matter and style, Steve Kaufman painting do have unique elements that make them representative of the artist. Kaufman uses techniques of print making and painting combined in a single image to create a mixed media quality to the art. Even within the same series of prints, Kaufman will often hand embellish each piece so that no work is exactly like any other. Some of the most famous Steve Kaufman screen print includes Frank Sinatra, Marilyn, and Cohiba. Steve Kaufman’s artwork is not only socially popular, but is it also socially relevant. Growing up in New York, he supports over 150 charities and causes that are close to home. He is a major supporter of ending homelessness and gang violence. He won the Underground Artist of the Year Award for creating 55 murals supporting racial harmony. His famous art has also been painted to support AIDS research, Meals on Wheels, and many other social consciousness movements within America. Steve Kaufman has also been commissioned to paint two portraits of famous European artists. The Picasso Academy of Fine Art requested a painting of the famous French painter. He is the only American that has been given the Picasso Ring, which is an award given each year to the one artist the association deems most in the spirit of the late artist. The Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam also has a portrait of Van Gogh painted by Steve Kaufman. He has also painted portraits of Rembrandt and Dali. Steve Kaufman paintings hang in the Smithsonian and in the White House, as well as in hundreds of museums and private collections around the world. His art has recently become highly popular for collectors in their home thanks to the popularity of buy art online and through public auctions. Steve Kaufman passed away in 2009 at the young age of 49. The artist suffered his second stroke and died from complications. Throughout his career, Kaufman’s popularity remained constantly high and he produced a shockingly large catalog of art during his short but prolific art. His art remains as popular if not more popular while he was alive.
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