Kenny Scharf

Kenny Scharf (b.1958)

Kenny Scharf is an American artist who currently lives in Los Angeles, California. Kenny Scharf art is notoriously multi-disciplinary, utilizing mural, street art, sculpture, installation, fashion, video and performance, however he is best known for his fantastical, large-scale paintings of anthropomorphic imaginary characters.

Kenny Scharf was born in Los Angeles in 1958. He relocated to New York City in 1980, receiving a major batchelor in Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts. He became a key member of the notorious East Village art movement during the 1980s alongside friends and peers Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring. Whilst growing up, Scharf was fascinated by futuristic visions of 1950s America. Its influence emanating through the television set of every household. Subsequently Scharf has been influenced by all art movements of the 20th-century, including Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art, the latter reflected in his appropriation of cartoon characters from television shows like the Flintstones and Jetsons. Though Scharf’s brightly coloured imagery is generally viewed as playful, he has remarked that darker themes remain, existing beneath the surface of his works, yet visible upon closer inspection. Scharf’s dense and frenetic compositions also echo a Baroque sensibility, morphing and cariacaturing middle-class America’s utopian and dystopian dichotomy.

Kenny Scharf exhibitions have been extensive and notable with works included in public collections such as the Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, Florida; The Jewish Museum, New York; Ludwig Museum, Cologne, Germany; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Monterrey, Mexico; Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Museum of Modern Art, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; Sogetsu Museum, Tokyo, Japan; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, the Netherlands; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

Kenny Scharf artwork is presented by Opera Gallery worldwide.

  • Portrait of a Lady

    Portrait of a Lady

    Seoul

    September 13, 2018 - October 24, 2018

  • Kenny Scharf - Blobz

    Kenny Scharf - Blobz

    London

    June 26, 2018 - July 10, 2018