Steve Kaufman (1960 – 2010), or SAK as his teacher knew him Andy Warholfor whom he worked when he was young, he was an artist with a most varied work. He not only dedicated himself to painting on canvas, he also made sculpture, photographs, worked on television, made stained glass, and much more. And it is that Kaufman, belonging to a wide family of artists from various disciplines, always said that being an artist meant constantly changing, and that is why he did not know how to limit creation to painting a painting, hence we see here a surfboard, but he also signed other works, for example on motorcycles or wagons.
Steve Kaufman's Surfboard
In the same way, he said that he did not conceive of always creating with the same aesthetic style, but it is true that his art is clearly framed in the image of Pop Art learned from Warhol o from your friends, like Keith Haring.
And besides the creative side of him, he still found time to carry out a good number of protest actions, and on some occasion he ended up in jail for it. Just as he promoted various solidarity actions, starting by hiring homeless people to help him in his workshop inNew York, his hometown
Thanks to that, during the 90s of the last 20th century he became a highly sought-after artist who developed the most ingenious ideas, such as creating murals to launch his messages on theadvertising of the buses or promoted striking artistic interventions such as covering the D of the famous Hollywood sign in Los Angeles to remember the victims of AIDS.
In fact, it was then that he moved toCaliforniaand at that time he dedicated himself to painting from images of superheroes, likeSuperman the one we see on top of the surfboard. Beneath him is the face ofMarylin Monroeand the iconicCoca Cola, two elements that raise his links to Andy Warhol and the years of learning from him atThe Factory.
And further down appears the image of a cigar Cohiba, a theme that fascinated him to which he dedicated several works. Among them the decoration of one of the several motorcyclesHarley Davidsonthat he decorated with his paintings. So the reference to that typical American motorcycle could not be missing in this peculiar painting byKaufmanon a surfboard, a sample of the creative freedom of this artist, who throughout his short life accomplished everything he wanted. In fact, dying after a heart attack and a long sequence of strokes over the years, he asked that his loss not be mourned, as he said he had had the lives of 100 men. And certainly considering the long list of people he met, from presidents to artists from all walks of life, and also considering the mark he left on the thousands of people he helped, it can be said that he had a memorable life. even beyond hisenormous career as a multidisciplinary artist.