Barbara Frigerio Contemporary Art

Steve Kaufman

(American, 1960–2010)

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Steve Kaufman

Barbie, 1997

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Steve Alan Kaufman was born in 1960 in the Bronx, New York.
Sponsored by a Jewish temple in the Bronx, Steve Kaufman creates Holocaust paintings that were later donated to the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Brooklyn.
Works for Macy’s, painting dog and cat faces on pet rocks.
Steve Kaufman participates in group graffiti show at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City.
1978 - 1981
Enrolls in the School of Visual Arts. Meets Andy Warhol and becomes his assistant at The Factory.
Designs theme parties at Studio 54, The Mud Club, Underground, and Magique. Sells his art to Calvin Klein and Steve Rubell. Meets Keith Haring at School of Visual Arts (SVA) show.
Participates in group show at Club 57 with Haring.
Creates graphics for NBC’s "Saturday Night Live." Graduates from School of Visual Arts (SVA) with a BFA.
Holds art shows at the Air Gallery in London, White Freud and Fiorucci store window in NYC.
1983 - 1985
Arrested with AIDS demonstrators for chain-locking New York City’s Mayor Ed Koch in his office.