KAWS, born Brian Donnelly in 1974, is a contemporary artist who has made a significant impact on the art world with his distinct visual language and unique approach to popular culture. His work encompasses a wide range of mediums, including painting, printmaking, sculpture, and toy design, blurring the boundaries between fine art and commercial products. Emerging from the world of street art and graffiti, KAWS first gained recognition in the 1990s for his subversive interventions on advertisements and bus shelters. His signature characters, often referred to as “Companions,” feature stylized, cartoonish figures with X’s for eyes, simultaneously evoking a sense of familiarity and anonymity. These characters became his visual trademark and have since become iconic in their own right. While KAWS‘s early works were characterized by their playful and rebellious nature, he gradually transitioned into the world of fine art, bringing his distinctive aesthetic to galleries and museums worldwide. His paintings often incorporate bold colors and graphic imagery, borrowing from the realms of popular culture and art history alike. Through a combination of appropriation and reinterpretation, KAWS recontextualizes well-known characters, such as Mickey Mouse and the Simpsons, imbuing them with a sense of nostalgia and subversion. In addition to his paintings, KAWS is renowned for his sculptures, which range from small-scale collectible vinyl toys to monumental outdoor installations. These sculptures maintain the artist’s signature style, with enlarged versions of his iconic characters crafted with meticulous attention to detail. Often positioned in public spaces, KAWS‘s sculptures interact with their surroundings, inviting viewers to engage with the artwork and reconsider their relationship with popular culture.