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Steve Kaufman was born in Bronx, New York, in 1960. He had his first exhibition at the early year of eight. He worked as an assistant to Andy Warhol at the Factory until he opened his own studio in New York on 1989 . Soon he began to recruit homeless people and ex-gang kids from Los Angeles and gives part of the benefits to these causes through his foundation Give Kids A Break. Some of his limited editions have been created by Kaufman to devote one hundred percent of its revenue to charity, these items include in the back the inscription: "Give Kids A Break" and the anagram of the artist.
Kaufman is especially interested in the effect produced by big celebrities in society for his work like Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Elvis, Kennedy, etc. But also makes a speech on the fame by through historical figures like Beethoven, Mozart or Shakespeare and presents them as if they were stars of today. He works on his limited editions in an innovative way, giving each piece a unique design with an embellishment that makes them unique.
Kaufman's work has gained in recent years a significant number of followers worldwide. He has been recognized as the new pop artist, or as some may say: the prince of Pop Art
Today major collections include Kaufman art, these are some examples: Amsterdam Museum, Andy Warhol Foundation, Campbells Soup Co., Citibank, Coca-Cola Inc., Los Angeles AIDS Foundation, Marilyn Monroe Estate, Picasso Estate, Saatchi and Saatchi, The White House, Van Gogh State. (ArteTrama)