Born in New Jersey, USA. Brian Donnelly is currently best known as the artist KAWS. He graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in illustration in 1996. After graduation, KAWS briefly worked for Disney as a freelance animator painting backgrounds. He also contributed to the animated series “101 Dalmatians”, “Daria and Doug”. In the late 90s, KAWS began to design and produce limited edition vinyl toys, he was an instant hit with the global art toy-collecting community, especially in Japan, where the genre is well respected and widespread. In the same year, KAWS, realmad HECTIC and Bounty Hunter collaborated in creating “KAWS Companion,” inspired by Mickey Mouse, the sculpture was first displayed at the New Museum in SOHO, New York. Kaws was later invited for solo painting exhibition in London, New York, Tokyo and more. He continues to work on the brand KAWS as well as creating more personal works. Recent exhibitions include: “CLEAN SLATE” (2014, Shanghai Times Square, China), “KAWS: BFF” (2016, Central Embassy, Thailand); “KAWS: Where the End Starts” (2017, Yuz Museum, Shanghai). 

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