Born in 1974 in Jersey City, New Jersey, Brian Donnelly, known professionally as KAWS, is a multi-faceted New York-based artist. KAWS began his career as a graffiti artist in Jersey City and in the early 1990s moved to New York to pursue a formal education in the arts. KAWS has been revolutionizing the art world for the past 20 years and become one of the leading contemporary artists in the world. Art critics have consistently compared KAWS to historic masters Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring, whose careers also began on the street. KAWS’ thoughtful interplay with imagery associated with consumer products and global brands also lead art critics to compare him to Andy Warhol and Jeff Koons.