Selected Works

Kenny Scharf was born in 1958, in Hollywood, California, and his Primary residence in Los Angeles.

Scharf received his BFA in 1980 at the School of Visual Arts located in New York City. Scharf’s works consist of popular culture based shows with made up science related backgrounds. Scharf uses popular images that he grew up watching, such as the Flintstones and the Jetsons. The reason Scharf uses cartoon images in his art work is to bring popular culture in the fine arts. Scharf wants to see how far he can push the line between high and low art. Scharf to this day is   making art work that makes the viewers think about where the line is and how far has the artist pushed it.

1980 BFA, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY

1984 Fabric Design for Todd Oldham Creations, New York, NY

1985 Outdoor Mural at 57th Street and Lexington Avenue, New York, NY

1985 Installation, The Palladium, New York, NY

2002 Cartoon Network airs “The Groovenians” Scharf’s first animated film

OBJECTIVE

“My ambition as a professional artist is to maintain the course that I set 30 years ago by establishing my work in the fields of painting, sculpture, and performance. Every project I undertake is building on my past experiences. My original approach is unchanged; it is a personal challenge to produce the best work possible every time. One very important and guiding principle to my work is to reach out beyond the elitist boundaries of fine art and connect to popular culture through my art. My personal ambition has always been to live the example”.

Selected Exhibitions and Special Projects:

2019

Kenny Scharf: “Blue Blood” Totah NY. NY.
Kenny Scharf: “Viva Lo Vivo” After & Again Mexico City
Kenny Scharf: “Universalis” La Nave Salinas Ibiza, Spain

Group Exhibitions:

“Beyond The Streets” Brooklyn, NYC
“Fatherhood” Over the Influence Los Angeles, CA.
“Summer of ‘82” Curated by Dan Cameron Johannes Vogt NYC

Special Projects:

Bluffs Mural: Playa Vista, Ca.

2018

Kenny Scharf: ”Super Pop Universe” Lotte Museum of Art, Seoul Korea
Kenny Scharf: “Inner and Outer Space”  Leila  Heller  Gallery Dubai
Kenny Scharf: “Scharftopia” The Far Out World of Kenny Scharf Gustavus College, MN.
Kenny Scharf: ”Kenny Scharf” David Klien Gallery Detroit, MI.
Kenny Scharf: ”Paradis Perdu” Galerie Enrico Navarra, Paris

Group Exhibitions:

“Paper Trail” Allouche Gallery NY NY
“Polarities” Totah NY NY
“Auto didactic the Juxtapose School” Petersen Automotive Museum Los Angeles
“Warhol & Friends New York in the 80’s” Palazzo Albergati Italy
“Dancing Goddesses” Dio Horia Gallery Panahra Square, Mykonos Greece.
“Under One Roof”: Urban Nation Museum for Urban Contemporary Art, Berlin
Donald Baechler, Ross Bleckner, Enoc Perez & Kenny Scharf Inaugural Show Alloche Benais Athens
”Beyond The Streets” Curated by Roger Gastman Los Angeles, CA.
“Stand Still: A Still Life Show” Allouche Gallery NY NY

Special Projects:

”La Villa UGC” Cannes Mural
”Peanuts Murals” World Wide
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit Mural
Denmark – Freetown Christiania Mural

2017

Kenny Scharf: “Blox and Bax” Honor Fraser Gallery Los Angeles CA.
Kenny Scharf: “Inner and Outer Space” Jeffrey Deitch New York NY.

Group Exhibitions:

”Bombay Beach Biennale“ Curated by Lily Johnson White Salton Sea, CA.
”Animal Farm” Curated by Sadie Laska Brant Foundation Greenwich, CT.
”Fast Forward” Painting from the 1980’s. Whitney Museum of American Art NY NY.
”Club 57”  Films, Performance and Art in the East Village 1978-1983 The Museum of Modern Art NYC.

Special Projects:

Frieze Fair New York: Spotlight Kenny Scharf NYC.
International Church of Cannabis Denver CO.

2016

Kenny Scharf: ”Kenny Scharf” Nassau County Museum of Art Roslyn Harbor, NY.

Group Exhibitions:

“Around the World in 86 Days” Ludwig Forum Aachen, Aachen Germany
“A Selection of Works of the 80’s” Vito Schnabel Gallery St. Moritz
“Cosmic Connections” David Totah Gallery, NYC
“Piston Head 2 Artist Engage the Automobile” Venus Over Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA.
“Masters: Urban & Street Art”  Galerie  Laurent Strouk  Paris
“The Neon Wilderness Voices from Los Angeles” The Conversation Berlin
“Muse” Galerie Hideout, Paris
“AftermodernisM” Neumann Wolfson Art, Watermilll NY.
“DESIRE” Curated by Diana Widmaier Picasso Gagosian & Deitch Art Basel Miami Beach, FL.

Special Projects:

Hammer Projects Lobby Mural Hammer Museum Los Angeles, CA.

2015

Kenny Scharf: ”Born Again” Honor Fraser Gallery Los Angeles, CA.
Kenny Scharf: ”SCHOW” Frederic Snitzer Gallery Miami, FL.


Group Exhibitions:

“She Sells Seashells by the Seashore” Eric Firestone Gallery East Hampton, NY.

Special Projects:

Installation The Rose Bar Gramercy Park Hotel, New York, NY.
Cosmic Cavern # 33 Portland Art Museum Portland, OR.
Hammer Projects Lobby Mural Hammer Museum Los Angeles, CA.
”MALAGA” Permanent Mural Spain

2014

Kenny Scharf: ”Pace Face” By Pace Prints NYC
Kenny Scharf: ”Kenny Scharf” Colette, Paris

Group Exhibitions:

”Urban Theater”: New York Art in the 1980’s The Modern Art Museum of Ft.Worth, TX.
”Fun and Games”: Montalvo Art Center Saratoga, CA.
”Saying Yes to Everything” : Honor Fraser Gallery Curated by Corrina Peipon Los Angeles, CA.
“LOISADA”: NY’s Lower East Side in the 80’s Addison Gallery Andover, MA.
”Appropriate Disruption”: Jacob Lewis Gallery NYC

Special Projects:

”COSMIGOGO” Textile design for Louis Vuitton

Public Collections

The Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach
Brant Foundation, Greenwich, Conn
The Dannheiser Foundation, New York City
The Broad Foundation, Los Angeles
Groniger Museum, Groniger, Holland
The Jewish Museum, New York City
Ludwig Museum, Cologne, Germany
Miami Art Museum, Miami, Florida
Museo d’Arte Conteporaneo De Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico
Museo d’Arte Moderna, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego
Museum of Modern Art, New York
New England Center for Contemporary Art, Brooklyn, Connecticut
Pasadena Museum of California Art
Paterson Museum, Paterson, New Jersey
Patrick Lannan Foundation, Los Angeles
Pearl Arts Foundation Portland, Oregon
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Sogetsu Museum, Tokyo
Stedlijk Museum Amsterdam, Holland
Whitney Museum of American Art New York