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Artist Biography

Brooklyn-based artist and designer KAWS studied illustration at the School of Visual Arts in New York and has exhibited his work internationally. He has had solo shows at The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT; Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Miami, FL; BAPE Gallery, Tokyo, Japan; Elms Lesters Painting Room, London, UK; MU Art Foundation, Eindhoven, Netherlands, and Colette, Paris, France. He has exhibited throughout the globe in Paris, Lille, Copenhagen, Tokyo, Athens, Los Angeles, and New York.


Born 1974 Jersey City, NJ
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY


BFA School of Visual Arts, New York, NY


Play Your Part, Galeria Javier Lopez, Madrid, Spain

Ohhh…, Kaikai Kiki, Tokyo, Japan

The Nature of Need, Galerie Perrotin Hong Kong, China
KAWS: Down Time, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA

Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Pay the Debt to Nature, Emanuel Perrotin Paris, France
The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT
Galería Javier López, Madrid, Spain
Passing Through, Harbour City, Hong Kong

The Long Way Home, Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Gering & López Gallery, New York, NY
Saturated, curated by Pharrell Williams, Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Miami, FL (traveled)

Original Fake, BAPE Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

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

Tokyo First, Parco Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Colette, Paris, France


Printer’s Proof: 10th Anniversary of Axelle Editions, Bertrand Delacroix Gallery, New York, NY

The Reflected Gaze: Self Portraiture Today, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA
USA Today, Centro Torrente Ballester, Ferrol, A Coruña, Spain
Street Smart, Affirmation Arts, New York, NY
SugiPOP!, Portsmouth Museum of Art, Portsmouth, NH
OHWOW: It Ain't Fair 2010, Art Basel Miami Beach 2010, Miami, FL

Alpha Exotica, Hydra School Projects, Hydra, Greece
First Look: An Exhibition of Emerging Artists from Los Angeles Galleries, House of Campari, Los Angeles, CA
Stages, Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris, France (traveled)
Plastic Culture: Legacies of Pop 1986 - 2008, Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston, UK; traveled to The Exchange, Penzance, UK, and
Bradford 1, Bradford, UK
Urban Art: Works from the Reinking Collection, Weserburg Museum of Modern Art, Bremen, Germany
The New Yorkers, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
I Can't Feel My Face, Curated by KAWS, Royal-T, Los Angeles, CA

Everything Else, Franklin Parrasch Gallery, New York, NY
Sex & Erotica, Gallery 1313, Toronto, Canada

POPcentric, Gering & López Gallery, New York, NY

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

Highmath, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

Beautiful Losers, Curated by Aaron Rose & Christian Strike, traveled to 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

SK8 on the Wall, Parco Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

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

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


Pernod Liquid Art Award


KAWS C10, Introduced by Carlo McCormick. Seattle: Neverstop, 2002.
KAWS. KAWS Exposed. Seattle: ARO Space, 1999.
Kawachi, Taka and Akio E-da, eds. KAWS One. Tokyo: Little More, 2001.


Tobey Macguire, "Kaws", Interview Magazine, May 11, 2010.
Meier, Jana. "100 Most Creative People In Business." Fast Company. May 2009.
Plastic Culture. Harris Museum and Art Gallery. Preston, Great Britain. 2009.
Ollman, Leah. "KAWS at Honor Fraser Gallery." Los Angeles Times. 05 March 2009.
Lee, Chris. "KAWS opening causes a commotion in Culver City." Los Angeles Times. 23 February 2009.
Lee, Chris. "Tag, this artist is definitely it." Los Angeles Times, 21 February 2009.
"I Can't Feel My Face." Los Angeles Times. 19 February 2009.
Robinson, Walter. "KAWS & Kanye in Times Square." ARTNET NEWS. 13 January 2009.
"Q&A with KAWS." Eyescream. December 2008. p. 14 – 21.
Pak, Eudie. "KAWS He Said So." Village Voice. November 2008.
"Talk With KAWS." Touch. 28 October 2008. p. 55 – 67.
Dumenco, Simon. "Ones to Watch." Details. October 2008.
Indrisek, Scott. "Artistic Cycles." ARTnews. September 2008. p 50.
"NERD Nose What's Up." Complex. August/September 2008. Cover, p. 74 – 77.
Haskell, Robert. "Home Boy." Fashion Rocks. Fall 2008.
Hollingworth, Thomas. "KAWS and Effect." Florida Inside Out. Fall 2008. p. 70.
Suzuki, Satoko. Wonderwall: Masamichi Katayama Projects No 2. p. 218 – 224.
Fowler, Brendan. "KAWS." ANP Quarterly. Volume 2, Number 1. p. 45 - 57
Abbott, Jeremy. "KAWS." i-D. July 2008. p. cover, 10, 14-15, 20-21, 28-29, 32, 46-47, 54, 59,
65, 66, 68-70, 74, 76-84, 90, 104-105, 110, 114, 152, 159 and 161
Dupouy-La MJC, Michael. "KAWS, le companion idéal." Jalouse. Sept. 2007: p. 162-163
St. Pierre, Louisa. "Rebel with A…" Spread. Spring 2007. p. 68 – 71.
Healy, Murray. "Graffiti Artist Turned Gallery Artist Turned Art Toy Maker, KAWS." Pop. Feb. 2007:
p. 260-265
Walker, Rob. "New Looks." The New York Times Magazine. Aug. 3, 2008: p. 13
Nakamura, Eric. "KAWS and Effect." Giant Robot. Issue 35, 2005.
Rose, Aaron and Christian Strike. Beautiful Losers. 2004.
McCormick, Carlo. "KAWS." Juxtapoz. Summer 2004.

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Paper Magazine

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Giant Robot

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Uomo Vogue
December 2010

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Clark Magazine
November 2010

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August - September 2010

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The Jersey Journal
June 2010

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The Jersey Journal
June 2010

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June 2010

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May 11, 2010

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May 2010

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May 2010

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May 2010

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November 2009

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Interview Magazine
September 2009

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Fast Company
May 2009

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New York Magazine
March 9, 2009

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Los Angeles Times
February 23, 2009

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Los Angeles Times
February 21, 2009

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Los Angeles Times
February 19, 2009

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Artnet News
January 2009

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ANP Quarterly

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Village Voice
November 2008

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October 2008

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September 2008

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Florida InsideOut
September 2008

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New York Times Magazine
August 3, 2008

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Complex Magazine
August/September 2008

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i-D Magazine
July 2008

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September 2007

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