About Buff Monster


Buff Monster made a name for himself by putting up thousands of hand-silkscreened posters across Los Angeles, and other far-away places. His work is characterized by happy characters living in brightly-colored bubbly landscapes. Along with meticulously executed paintings, he has created a wide range of merchandise ranging from prints and stickers, to vinyl toys and plush. In 2012 he created an ambitious homage to Garbage Pail Kids called The Melty Misfits; a collection of vintage-style trading cards, complete with wax wrapper. The color pink, a symbol of confidence, individuality and happiness, is present in everything he creates. And he often cites heavy metal music, ice cream and Japanese Culture as major influences. His work has been shown in galleries worldwide, often accompanied by large installations. In 2010, the Bristol City Museum acquired a painting of his for their permanent collection. His art has been published in a variety of magazines, websites, newspapers and books, including Juxtapoz, Paper, Nylon, Cool Hunting, Angeleno, The Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, The New York Times, and many more. He was also featured in Banksy's movie: Exit Through the Gift Shop. In 2012, after 15 years living and working in Hollywood, he moved to New York City.

2014 Press Kit

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SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2014
“Journey Through the Dark” Retramp, Berlin, April

2013
"Somewhere Far Beyond" Toykio, Dusseldorf, November

2012
“Legend of the Pink Cherry” Corey Helford Gallery, Los Angeles, April

2011
“The Reign of Pink” StolenSpace Gallery, London UK, April

2010
“Adventures in Lollipopland” Giant Robot Gallery, New York, April

2009
“Heavy Metal Ice Cream Smile” Corey Helford Gallery, Los Angeles, September

2008
“The Sweetest Thing” Corey Helford Gallery, Los Angeles, August 
“Born of the Abyss” Giant Robot Gallery, New York City, April 

2007
“Happy Squirter” Corey Helford Gallery, Los Angeles, June
“Super Happy Pink” Andenken Gallery, Denver, March
“One in the Pink” Gallery 1988, Los Angeles, February 

2006
“Turbo Lover” Kid Robot, Los Angeles, April

2005
“Lick It Up” Transport Gallery, Los Angeles, May 
“Dulces Locos” OX-OP, Minneapolis, January 

2003
“Sweet Indulgence” Walled City, San Pedro, March

2000
“BUFF THIS” Helen Lindhurst Fine Arts Gallery, Los Angeles, November 

 

SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2014
"The Pictoplasma Portrait Gallery" Kaufhaus Jandorf, Berlin, May
"Pow! Wow!" Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, February

2013
"10 Years of Wooster Collective" Jonathan Levine Gallery, New York, August
"White Noise" La Casa Encendida, Madrid, May
“Number of the Beast” (2 person show), Cotton Candy Machine, Brooklyn, April

2012
“Crucifixion” Corey Helford Gallery, Culver City, December
“Vivid Visions” Compound Gallery, Portland, August

2011
“Buff Monster and Jeremyville” (2 person show), Cotton Candy Machine, Brooklyn, August

2010
“Small Gift (50 years of Sanrio)” Barker Hanger, Santa Monica, November
“The Monster Within” (Curated by Buff Monster), Giant Robot, Los Angeles, July
“Art from the New World” Bristol’s City Museum & Art Gallery, Bristol UK, May

2009
“Three Apples (35 years of Hello Kitty)” Royal T, Culver City, October

2008
“Trailblazers” Boutwell Draper Gallery, Sidney, November
“Clowns!” Corey Helford Gallery, Culver City, November
“Where Might Giants Dwell” Retrospective Galleries, Sidney, August 
“Pop Surrealism” Hardrock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, July 
“Kids Today” MTV Gallery, Sydney, April

2007
“Question The War” Corey Helford Gallery, Culver City, December 

2006
“ICONS” Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, March
“Sold Out” White Walls, San Francisco, February 

2005
“Keep A Breast” The Lab 101 Gallery, Los Angeles, October

2004
“Pink” Cartelle Gallery, Marina Del Rey, April 
“Seed Spreaders” New Image Art, Los Angeles, February

2003
“Pictoplasma” Future Is Now Gallery, New York, December
“Crazy Bastard” New Image Art, Los Angeles, April 

2002
“Super Hero” New Image Art, Los Angeles, August
“Dream So Much” Asian American Arts Center, New York, March