Steve Kaufman
The Official Website

Favorite Quotes

"I'm truly blessed to be doing what I've always wanted - CREATE. I have found a freedom that is hard to put into words. I always wondered about my projects - which artists are working on what, and which directions should I take? I don't even think of those things now. I passionately go into my studio and ask myself, what would I like to create today?"

- Steve Kaufman

"When my son was 11 years old, we met Pablo Picasso, he was asking me out to dinner in front of my son (Steve), Pablo was such a ladies man at that time. I was telling Pablo Picasso that my son is artist and he paints his friends faces on to broken car window shields, Pablo say “your one looky artist”, means crazy artist to my son."

- Ann Kaufman

Mother of Steve Kaufman



"Working with Steve for so many years, coming from NY to LA with him and building the studio together was the greatest experience. I miss that guy a lot, every day..."

- Bob Womack
www.rawstudioinc.com

“Steve Kaufman is a legend, from his warm smile and generous heart, to his ability to tell a great story and his incredible knack of making every day an adventure filled with humor, drama, and laughter. I am so blessed to have known and worked with Steve and feel honored to have stood in his shadow."


- Diana Vachier



I love Steve Kaufman art. He is a rainbow of colors! His multi icon paintings are a feast for the eyes!!!


- Dr. Alberto Panizzoli

“It is an honor and a privilege to collaborate with my colleague Diana Vachier, Steve Kaufman’s assistant who first introduced me to Kaufman art.  Steve’s art is as brilliant in thought and ambition as it is in color.  I truly wish I could have met Steve.  It is our goal to continue his legacy.”

- Leslie Gonzalez

"I met Steve in 2000 and was impressed from the start by this larger than life person and artist. Over the years I got to know him well and feel honored to be part of his team. Every fall we travel to Europe for art shows, where people fall in love with Steve's artwork.  I have learned much from his vast experience and knowledge. Thank you Steve, for a once in lifetime opportunity!"

-  Sacha Marion


"I've collected Andy Warhol paintings from 1969 to 1977. Bought a Warhol's "Marilyn Monroe" for $10,000 and later sold it for $5 Million dollars. I'm retired now, but I've bought 179 Steve Kaufman paintings for my grandkid's future."

- John Paul Loop, Art Collector


"Steve's artwork is popular art.  It's art that depicts the popularity of all of the things that we've lived through for the last 30, 40, 50, 60 years.  The great thing about Steve's art is it has a wide range of massive appeal to the general public...  People are struck by what he does and the messages he conveys in the art. Steve fits into the category of being probably the best, youngest, brightest, newest talent in the art community than anyone who's probably come along in the last 25, 50 years.  And I can't speak any more highly of Steve other than to suggest that we think he's going to be one of the greatest artists of the 21st century."

- Gallery Owner, Las Vegas  

 

"When Andy Warhol died the art market was good, but as Andy Warhol's paintings went from client's home to auctions house the art market wasn't hungry, it was ravenous. When Kaufman had a stroke and clients called to ask about this new artist, that was amazing that history was going to repeat itself."

- Charles Green, Art Auctioneer

"Amuse Bouche wine has selected Steve Kaufman art to be on their 2008 wine label. Steve Kaufman is the only artist to portray renown winemaker Heidi Petersen Barrett, named the World’s Wine Diva by Time Magazine. Steve was able to capture this modern day winemaker with the color, vibrancy, and artistic composition for which he is known." 

- John Schwarts, Partner
Amuse Bouche Winery, Napa Valley California
"Over the years, I have watched Steve Kaufman evolve as an artist and a person. His kindness and generosity towards others is part of his day to day life. Steve has lived more in his young lifetime then most people will ever dream of going through. he is a true survivor. When I look at the World's Greatest Superheroes painting, I realize that Steve, is my Superman. As life goes on and people get older, I am proud to say Steve was my second brother."
 - David R. Davis II
"I've been a Steve Kaufman art collector even before I met him. His art has brought joy into my life. After meeting Steve, his talent and insight's were just overwhelming. He had this beautiful aura, that made him a real character, generous and giving. Also I found him a warm and a compassionate person who I will consider my family forever."
 - Bruce Berman
Art Collector, Friend
"Steve's colorful art fills me with so much joy. His American Icons paintings with Marilyn and Elvis are truly amazing!"
- Anders Ericsson
Fine Art Collector, Europe
"From the very beginning I was impressed about SAK's amazing art till today, when I am proud to be an owner of many items of his!"
- Martin Steppacher
Swiss Collector

"I have been collecting Steve Kaufman's art for the past several years. Each piece I look at brings me back in time to when I purchased it, and I smile.  I never got a chance to meet Steve, but I see his adventures and thoughtful creativity in his art. What a talent it takes to create smiles."
- Robert Warhol
Art Collector
“You could buy a Picasso today, but the secret was to buy a Picasso when Picasso was alive at a fraction of today’s prices... but you can still buy a Kaufman painting today very reasonably.”
- Leonard Lauren, Art Collector
(Ralph Lauren/Polo Clothing)

 

"It’s a style, and subject matter not created or seen before, involving the combined experience of painting, 3D, and subject memorabilia that entertains and makes the viewer participate. Kaufman always pushes the art world, and asks, why not?” Van Gogh brush strokes were the Museum Art of his time. Picasso’s blue period, bullfights, cubic and 18 other styles he developed during his career, were all Museum Art of his time.

       When an artist paints only one image on canvas, the painting is called an original, but Kaufman feels as a true artist you must always change your images & styles. 6 years ago Kaufman created his Comic Book Pop Art using comic book super heroes - Superman, Spiderman to name a few as his icon images. 18 years ago he created the term, “embellished” by hand painting each of his limited editions. In his embellished editions there are no 2 paintings 100% alike. With Museum Art there will never be an edition created, but simply 1 painting at a time, with one image. When the art is sold, it is gone from the public view & becomes the property of the private collector. Kaufman’s Museum Art takes 4-6- months to create 1 painting, so they will be rare indeed."

- Steve Miller

With NBC-TV Channel 4's Bob Michelson and Lisa Camilla

"Yesterday is history, but if you don't learn from your past mistakes you will continue to make the same mistakes.  Tomorrow isn't a mystery.  Go after your goals with every breathe you take, and the future is far from being a mystery.  Today isn't a gift.  You have to earn it every day."
- Steve Kaufman

"In 1979, I started collecting Andy Warhol, I met Andy Warhol at Studio 54, I own 110 Andy Warhol paintings, 23 Keith Haring paintings.  I use these paintings as part of a hedge fund program.  I’ve started to collect Kaufman Museum Art for the same reason."

- Tommy Clear

 

“It is a great honor and great fun, to bring Steve and his team to Ireland for the first time. There was already a Kaufman fan base here and getting to meet the artist was a huge thrill for the guests at our exhibition.  As an agent, Steve’s the dream artist -- And like his art, he’s colorful, fun, large as life, and hugely in demand.  In fact, we suspect he might be Irish!”

- Jason O’Callaghan

Gallery owner in Ireland 


"When I met Steve Kaufman, I thought he was Gene Simmons, but what an artistic talent he is.  He will be an art force in the art world to deal with.

– Roy Lichtenstein


"Prices have been pushed up by the expanding art market, with buyers from Asia, Russia, and the Middle East mixing with the traditional collectors."

- Christopher Burge
Christie’s Chariman

"If a artist is well-known in life, he will become more famous in death. Van Gogh, Dali, Picasso, Warhol, and Lichtenstein never saw their art in auction houses commanding the high prices while their were alive. As an art collector with many millions of dollars in antiques over the last thirty years, I consider [Kaufman] work to be the most collectible and having the highest possibility of appreciation of anything, included gold, jewelry, silver and other commodities that have risen dramatically in the last year."

- Don Spector

"I worked for Jeff Kelin. He was a marketing genius before his time. Coupons, car rebates and the value meal (as we know it today) all came from his marketing genius. At 19 years old, I had two jobs, one with Andy Warhol, and the second with Jeff Kelin."

- Steve Kaufman

"What doesn't kill you makes you stronger.  Hunger feeds the need to succeed."

- Steve Kaufman

"I’ve died 3 times, I’ve been shot in the back, stabbed once in my arm, stabbed 2 times in my back, run over by a truck, been poisoned, broke both of my arms, nose (3 times broken), ribs, both legs, but a broken heart hurt me the most."

- Steve Kaufman

"I met Keith Haring at SVA college where he was having an art show, later we had a group art show at the Mud Club in NYC. Keith owed me $50, so he gave me a large framed canvas with barking dogs that had large dicks. I painted over Keith’s painting to paint flowers for my mom’s living room."

- Steve Kaufman

"Andy Warhol says everyone will be famous for 15 minutes in the future, but even he couldn't have imagine today's fame is due to whom you sleep with."

- Steve Kaufman

"Steve Kaufman is the absolutely greatest Pop Artist that I know. His paintings make people happy all over the world. All the icons and colors on his canvas have very strong charisma. I can talk about Steve’s artwork with great enthusiasm. I hear clients regularly say, 'Everyday when looking at the painting I purchased, I am delighted and feel very happy.'  This is the best confirmation that Steve possesses: The gift that gives people which is so important in life -- finding real delight in something beautiful, and still is so cordial and generous with people. I am convinced, yes I know, that Steve Kaufman will always stay this way because he is one of the greatest people in the world. We in Europe admire this great master very much. At this opportunity, I would like to thank Steve for the very cordial and friendly relationship, and wish him all the best on this Earth."

- With Love, Irma Blauer
European distributor

 

"I remember Steve Kaufman as the artist on Saturday Night Live doing the Pop Art portraits for the show."

- Joe Piscopo

 

“As a collector of many old master paintings, as collecting Steve’s work for over 2 decades, I display his pop art side by side with Dutch Masters. The unmistakable quality of Steve’s work draws eyes and attention. I have had guests from around the world comment on his work immediately when they enter my apartment, while going straight past the Dutch Masters!”

- Barbara Carver Art Collector

 

“'I am just a normal guy,' says Kaufman, as he conquers Canada with a successful one night show in Canada."

– Emil Simo

"The Best of the artist’s art, which will one day be in a Museum wall, the Painting that sets the artist apart of all other artist artists."

- Kelly Miller NYC

 

"Andy Warhol, Dali, Picasso, Le Roy Neiman have all had limited editions art into the hundreds of units for one image. Kaufman limited editions are as low as 50 units to one image."

- Bill Wolff, German art dealer


"I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody."

- Bill Cosby

 

"Success in business requires training and discipline and hard work. But if you're not frightened by these things, the opportunities are just as great today as they ever were."

- David Rockefeller

 

"Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. And today? Today is a gift. That's why we call it the present."

- Babatunde Olatunji

"In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." 

- Martin Luther King Jr.

 

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."

- Martin Luther King Jr.

 

"We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools." 

- Martin Luther King Jr.

 

"A friend is a second self."

- Aristotle

 

"Happiness depends upon ourselves." 

- Aristotle