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Steve Kaufman was born in the Bronx, New York, in 1960. He had his first exhibition at only eight years of age. He worked as an assistant to Andy Warhol in the Factories until in 1989 he opened his own studio in New York. Soon it begins to hire homeless people and former gang members of the Angels and destine part of the collection to these causes through its foundation "Give Kids A Break". Some of his limited editions were created by Kaufman to dedicate one hundred percent of his collections to charities, these pieces include on the back the inscription "Give Kids A Break" and the artist's anagram.
Kaufman is especially interested in the effect of great stars in society, as in his work about Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Elvis, Kennedy, etc. But it also makes a discourse on the fame resorting to historical figures like Beethoven, Mozart or Shakespeare, which presents as if they were stars of the present time. It works its limited editions in an innovative way as it gives each of a unique design through an embellishment that makes it unique. Steve Kaufman passed away on February 12, 2010 at age 49.
Kaufman's work has gained in recent years a significant number of fans around the world. He has been recognized as the new pop artist or as some people say: the Prince of Pop Art.
Currently important collections include works by Kaufman, such as the Amsterdam Museum, Andy Warhol Foundation, Campbells Soup Co., Citibank, Coca-