Biography

www.kawsone.com

Born 1974 Jersey City, New Jersey
Lives and works in Brooklyn, New York

Education

1996 BFA School of Visual Arts, New York, NY

Grants

1998 Pernod Liquid Art Award

Solo exhibitions

2017 KAWS, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri
Where The End Starts, Yuz Museum, Shanghai

2016 Where The End Starts, The Modern Art Museum of Forth Worth, Texas; curated by Andrea Karnes
KAWS: GISWIL, More Gallery, Giswil
KAWS: BFF, Central Embassy, Bangkok
KAWS, Galerie Perrotin, Seoul
KAWS 2016, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield

2015 Permanent Vacation II, Eden Rock Gallery, St. Barths
Along The Way, Brooklyn Museum, New York; curated by Eugenie Tsai
Clean Slate, La Nave, Las Salinas, Ibiza
Clean Slate, Shanghai Times Square, Shanghai

2014 Man's Best Friend, Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles, California
Permanent Vacation, Eden Rock Gallery, St. Barths
Clean Slate, Harbour City, Hong Kong
Final Days, CAC Málaga - Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Málaga
Play Your Part, Galería Javier López, Madrid

2013 Mary Boone Gallery, New York; in collaboration with Galerie Perrotin
Pass the Blame, Galerie Perrotin, New York
Ups and Downs, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, Kansas
KAWS @ PAFA, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
KAWS: Giswil, More Gallery, Giswill, Switzerland
Ohhh…, Kaikai Kiki Gallery, Tokyo

2012 Imaginary Friends, Galerie Perrotin, Paris
The Nature of Need, Galerie Perrotin, Hong Kong
KAWS: Down Time, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia

2011 KAWS: Companion, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia
FOCUS: KAWS, The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, Texas
Hold the Line, Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles, California
Passing Through, The Standard, New York; Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Connecticut

2010 Passing Through, Harbour City, Hong Kong
KAWS, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Connecticut
Pay the Debt to Nature, Galerie Perrotin, Paris
Galería Javier López, Madrid

2009 The Long Way Home, Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles, California

2008 Gering & López, New York
Saturated, Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Miami, Florida; travelling, curated by Pharrell Williams

2003 Original Fake, BAPE Gallery, Tokyo

2002 Elms Lesters Painting Room, London
C9, MU Art Foundation, Eindhoven

2001 Tokyo First, Parco Gallery, Tokyo

1999 Colette, Paris

Group exhibitions

2016 Holdings: Selections from MCASD's Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla, California
Greek Gotham, Dio Horia Gallery, Mykonos
A Material Legacy: The Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Collection of Contemporary Art, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina

2015 A Shared Space: KAWS, Karl Wirsum, Tomoo Gokita, Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane University, Nueva Orleans, Louisiana
Mutated Reality, Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow
Respect, with Erik Parker, CAC Málaga - Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Málaga
Along The Way, At This Time, Better Knowing, ArtZuid 2015. International Sculpture Route, Amsterdam; curated by Rudi Fuchs

2014Summer Collective Exhibition, 3 Punts Galería, Barcelona
KNOCK! KNOCK!, Galería Javier López, Madrid
This is Not a Toy, Design Exchange, Toronto; curated by John Wee Tom, Sara Nickleson and Pharrell Williams

2013 Pictoplasma White Noise, La Casa Encendida Madrid
At Home I’m a Tourist. Colección de Selim Varol, CAC Málaga - Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Málaga

2012 White Columns Benefit Exhibition and Auction, White Columns, New York
Art & Toys. Collection Selim Varol, me Collectors Room, Berlin
Toykio Loves Gol, Toykio Gallery, Düsseldorf

2011 West End Rebellion, Scream London, London
Pretty On The Inside, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York; curated by Kaws and Erik Parker
Party Animals, Royal/T, Los Angeles, California
Art in the Streets, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California
Printer’s Proof: 10th Anniversary of Axelle Editions, Bertrand Delacroix Gallery, New York
FACEMAKER, Royal/T, Los Angeles, California; curated by Katy Grayson

2010 Mutant Pop, Galleri Loyal, Malmö; curated by Joe Grillo, Laura Grant, and Brandon Joyce
USA Today. Una aproximación al arte norteamericano del siglo XXI, Centro Torrente Ballester, Ferrol, A Coruña; curated by Alejandro and Mario Martín Pareja
The Reflected Gaze: Self Portraiture Today, The Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, California
Street Smart, Affirmation Arts, New York
SugiPOP!, Portsmouth Museum of Art, Portsmouth, New Hampshire
It Ain’t Fair 2010, OHWOW Gallery, Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami, Florida

2009 Alpha Exotica, Hydra School Projects, Hydra
First Look: An Exhibition of Emerging Artists from Los Angeles Galleries, House of Campari, Los Angeles, California
Stages, Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris; organized by Lance Armstrong and Nike; Deitch Projects, New York
Plastic Culture: Legacies of Pop 1986 - 2008, Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston, Lancashire; travelling: The Exchange, Penzance, Cornwall, and Bradford 1, Bradford
Just What Is It That Makes Today’s Painting So Different, So Appealing?, Gering & López Gallery, New York
Urban Art. Werke aus der Sammlung Reinking, Neues Museum Weserburg Bremen, Bremen
Get Rich Quick, Carmichael Gallery of Contemporary Art, Culver City, California
The New Yorkers, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen
USA Today. Una aproximación al arte norteamericano del siglo XXI, Centro de Historia de Zaragoza and Sala de exposiciones del Archivo Histórico Provincial de Cáceres; curated by Alejandro and Mario Martín Pareja, organized by Contemporánea
I Can't Feel My Face, Royal-T, Los Angeles, California; curated by KAWS
It Ain’t Fair 2009, OHWOW Gallery, Miami, Florida

2008 Everything Else, Franklin Parrasch Gallery, New York
Sex & Erotica, Gallery 1313, Toronto, Ontario
USA Today. Una aproximación al arte norteamericano del siglo XXI, Eutopía 08, Sala museística de Cajasur, Córdoba; curated by Alejandro and Mario Martín Pareja

2007 POPcentric, Gering & López Gallery, New York

2006 Info Babble, Richard & Dolly Maass Gallery, Purchase, New York
Ugly Winners, Galerie Du Juor Agnes B., Paris
New York’s Own, Fuse Gallery, New York

2005 Highmath, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen

2004 Beautiful Losers, Le Tri Postal, Lille; curated by Aaron Rose & Christian Strike; travelling until 2008: Circleculture Gallery, Berlin; Palazzo Dell'Arte, Milan; USF Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, Florida; Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, Maryland; Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, California; Yerba Buena Arts Center, San Francisco, California; CAC - Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio

2003 SK8 on the Wall, Parco Gallery, Tokyo

2002 Session The Bowl, Deitch Projects, New York
ALIFE Shop, Deitch Projects, New York
Coded Language, City Gallery Chastain, Atlanta, Georgia

2001 Shortcuts, Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre, Athens
Pierides Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens
New Acquisitions from the Dakis Joannou Collection, Deste Foundation, Athens

Public collections

High Museum, Atlanta, Georgia
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, Texas
Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, Kansas
Rosenblum Collection, Paris
Zabludowicz Collection

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Selected Press

Wertical
April 2, 2014

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Wertical
March 28, 2014

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Blouin artinfo.com
November 4, 2013

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AD - Architectural Digest nº81
June, 2013

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Babelia - El País
May 11, 2013

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