The Art of Steve Kaufman - Andy Warhol Contemporary
Steve Kaufman Bio
Steve Kaufman was an contemporary/assistant of famed pop artist Andy Warhol. After Warhol's death in the 1980's, Kaufman continued to make art, often in a similar style to Warhol's. Kaufman became well-known in the art world and now many of his pieces command prices in the thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars.
Steve Kaufman suffered a stroke in September of 2009 and passed away in early 2010. Although this was a sad event in the art community, particularly those in Los Angeles where Kaufman had planned on opening a gallery of his own, it also caused a surge in the value of his works.
I think many collectors see Kaufman as sort of a contemporary version of Warhol. He did a lot of the same things as the man he once worked with at The Factory, but with updated cultural references. He also ventured out on his own into new territories that Warhol never got the chance to explore. He was really one of the last remaining connections to that particular world of pop art, and now that he's gone even the demand for his pieces that had little connection to Warhol are in high demand.