KAWS, born Brian Donnelly, is a multi-faceted artist straddling the worlds of art and design in his prolific body of work that ranges from paintings, murals, and large-scale sculptures to product design and toy-making. His iconic “XX” signature has its roots in the beginning of his career as a street artist in the 1990s, when he began altering found advertisements by incorporating his own masterful paintings. KAWS studied illustration at the School of Visual Arts in New York and went on to work as an animator at Disney after graduating. Evoking the sensibilities of Pop artists like Andy Warhol
and Claes Oldenburg, KAWS possesses sophisticated humor and thoughtful interplay with consumer products and collaborations with global brands. He often draws inspiration and appropriates from popular culture animations to form a unique artistic vocabulary and influential cast of hybrid cartoon and human characters.