Steve Kaufman (SAK), was on the verge of becoming more famous than his mentor, Andy Warhol. Painting everything from graffiti to the world's greatest athletes, (Muhammad Ali) and most loved heroes (Superman and Batman), SAK's work excites collectors all over the world.
Bom in 1960 in The Bronx, New York, SAK found his calling early, holding his first "one child" show at a local bank sponsored by a Jewish temple at the age of 6. By the time he was 12 he had negotiated a deal with New York's fine department store Macy's to paint dog and cat faces
onto customer's new rocks during the "Pet Rock" fad. Two years later, SAK, the child prodigy was awarded a summer scholarship to Parson's School of Design, and by 1976 he had participated in his first group show, at the Whitney Museum.
By the 1980's, SAK's work was taking off. Enrolled at the School of Visual Arts, and working for Andy Warhol at The Factory, SAK was designing parties at Studio 54, book jackets, and graphics for NBC TV's "Saturday Night Live." Corporate buyers such as Citibank and Saatchi & Saatchi
began investing in his work as did clients Calvin Klein and Elizabth Taylor. His portrait business flourished and he eventually rose to the task of finishing portraits Andy Warhol had begun for his
Since the beginning, SAK's art has reflected his concem for the world around him. In 1989 he opened the Art Studio to bring awareness to inner-city problems, and began painting murals benefiting everything from racial harmany in Harlem to Meals on Wheels for Wolfgang Puck's first restaurant, Spago. His portraits of three homeless people for were shown in 46 cities
nationwide on bus shelters and billboards, helping to raise $4.72 million to benefit the homeless.
SAK consistently donates his work to auctions benefiting AmFar and Hale House among others. SAK's work is not restricted to high paying clients, realizing the importance of getting the message out to the street, he and his studio created 5,000 buttons on AIDS awareness that were
given away in Greenwich Village.
Becoming more and more popular, his limited edition Warholesque portraits of pop-culture icons such as Beethoven, Marilyn Monroe and Mickey Mantle began selling out, breaking long- standing gallery records nationwide. Warner Bros. Studio Store Galleries asked him to create an
exclusive limited edition series of portraits of their Superheroes, making Batman and Superman look like you have never seen them before. Continuing their successful collaboration, SAK and Warner Bros. Studio Store Galleries have released a special signed limited edition of Olympic
Gold Medalist Muhammad Ali to Commemorate this years's Centennial Olympics in Atlanta.
Awarded 1992's Underground Artist of the Year Award, SAK's plans for the future include enlarging his Los Angeles studio to 20,000 square feet to create a multi-media creative center housing fine art, sculpture, and film.