Steve Kaufman (1961-2010)
Steve Kaufman worked as an assistant to Andy Warhol in Warhol’s factory. In 1989 Kaufman opened his own art studio and hired many NYC homeless to work for him. He then painted the portraits of three homeless people which went on to help raise $4,720,000.00 to benefit the homeless.
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 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 has been so fortunate to be the only American to be honored with the Picasso Ring which is an annual award given to an artist the Picasso Academy feels has the spirit of Picasso.
In February, 2010, our friend, Steve Kaufman, suddenly passed away. The Wellington Gallery hosted Steve Kaufman's final show outside of the United States and owns a select number of his one of a kind originals.