Artist to Know: Max Kauffman


Oakland, California artist Max Kauffman is, as the critics are so fond of saying, “one to watch.” Having been exhibited internationally from Italy to Canada and landed features in Juxtapoz, Beautiful Decay, and more, Kauffman was top of mind for us and our partners at Sony, as we sought to commission an artist to create a custom print to give away to our readers in the Bay Area.

The Midwestern boy (Chicago to South Bend, Indiana to Denver, before settling in the Bay Area) found influence from indigenous South American art, and has since used it to create his own form of post-apocalyptic folk tales — in paint, of course. Striving still to “make the most out of what [I] have and what’s around [me],” Kauffman portrays a DIY aesthetic that comments on the struggles and various evolutions of humanity, the shifting of power, and our quotidian chaos.

To win a one-of-a-kind piece of art by Kauffman — courtesy of Sony — just head to the Palo Alto Sony store in Stanford Shopping Center. Give the store associate the password “Alameda” (the name of this particular piece of art by Kauffman), and the print is yours. Good luck, collectors! There are only 15 prints up for grabs, so act fast.