Inside the Surreal Studio of Artist Kenny Scharf

Gabé Hirschowitz

Picasso once said, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”

Iconic contemporary artist Kenny Scharf manages to effortlessly entwine the precision of a professional painter with the spontaneous vision needed to bring his surreal imagery to life. Scharf’s calm, creative energy imbues a sense of ease and excitement into his Los Angeles art studio. He has worked in the same space for over 20 years. Every detail is personal and special, whether it’s the colorful line of trees hedging the front yard, the paint-splattered walls, or the very tools responsible for putting Scharf’s surreal vision to canvas: his paintbrush collection. When talking to Scharf, his personality has the same warmth and brightness that makes his art so easily identifiable.

Keep reading to learn more about Kenny Scharf as we ask the artist 10 questions about his creative process.

To see Scharf's work for yourself, visit his most recent mural, located inside the lobby of the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. Starting in October, Scharf’s work will be featured in Totah Museum’s Cosmic Connections exhibition in New York City.

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