Steve Kaufman was born in the Bronx, New York, in 1960. At the young age of eight he had his first exhibit, and by the time he was 12 he had a job painting faces on pet-rocks for NYC’s Macy’s department store. Steve Kaufman then worked as an assistant to Andy Warhol in Warhol’s factory.
Kaufman believes in creating works that are unique not only in subject matter, or style but even within his limited editions. For this reason many of Kaufman’s editions are hand embellished. In other words, Kaufman chooses to hand paint on each of his limited editions so that no two paintings are exactly alike.
Kaufman's artwork hangs in the White House, the Smithsonian, as well as hundreds of other public and private collections around the world. He has made a name for himself in the art world and market and is internationally acclaimed as the new pop artist. Kaufman is the first American artist to be asked to create portraits for two European masters. Kaufman has been featured on Fox TV and MTV, and was the winner of the Underground Artist of the Year award for creating 55 racial harmony murals. He also created an AIDS Memorial in New York City, and a Meals on Wheels mural on the walls of the famous Spago Restaurant in Los Angeles. The Picasso Academy of Fine Arts commissioned Kaufman to create a portrait of Picasso, one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. Kaufman was also commissioned to create a portrait of Van Gogh for The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. He has been so fortunate to be the only American to be honored with the Picasso Ring which is an annual award is given to an artist the Picasso Academy feels has the spirit of Picasso.