Kenny Scharf is a Hollywood-born artist who resides in Brooklyn. After receiving his B.F.A from the School of Visual Arts in 1980, Scharf soon began to rise to fame in the 1980s pop-art scene. Scharf is known for his pop-art with science-fiction backgrounds. His work is mainly graffiti art and could be described as “pop-surrealism.” Scharf was influenced as a child by shows like the Jetsons and the Flintstones, whose influence can be seen in the space-age scenery and the shapes, colors, and style of Scharf’s work.
Kenny Scharf rose to fame in the East Village art scene of the 1980s with artists such as Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Alongside close friend Keith Haring, Scharf created a blacklight disco installation in their apartment known as the “Cosmic Closet.” The “Cosmic Closet” has evolved into the “Cosmic Cavern” where Scharf held a series of parties from 2009-2010. Recently, Scharf painted the Bowery Mural in New York City.
In 2002, Scharf created a one-episode show called “The Groovenians”. The cartoon was about two young adults who were escaping the restraints of their own planet to a new world where they could embrace art. Actors featured in “The Groovenians include Paul Reubens (more commonly known as Pee Wee Herman), Dennis Hopper, and Debi Mazer. Parts 1, 2, and 3 of the Groovenians episode can be seen here. Kenny Scharf is represented by the Paul Kasmin Gallery located in New York City.