About Kurt

Kurt Shaw

American Artist, Cartoonist & Art Critic


Born in Pittsburgh, PA, in 1967, Kurt Shaw began studying painting seriously at the age of 12, and cartooning at the age of 14. In 1989 he obtained a B.F.A. from Carnegie Mellon University, where he studied painting under color field painter Sam Gilliam.


After beginning his career as a successful cartoonist – with cartoons appearing in Cosmopolitan, Esquire, National Enquirer, Saturday Evening Post and Woman’s World magazines – Shaw opened his first fine art studio in 1992 in Pittsburgh, PA, and his second studio in Burlingame, CA, in 1997.


From 2001 to 2017 Shaw held the position of Art Critic for The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. In 2007 he opened Shaw Galleries, which was located on Liberty Avenue in Downtown Pittsburgh for 10 years.


Over a 30-plus year art career, numerous awards have been bestowed. Among them, a Golden Quill for Feature Illustration (1992) and Parenting Publications Gold Awards (2000, 2001, 2003) for various magazine covers.


He is listed in the 2000-2001 Who's Who In The West, Marquis Who's Who, as well as several issues of The Guild and the Burridge Index.


Kurt Shaw

P.O. Box 16152

Pittsburgh, PA 15242


Tel: 412-944-4159

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All cartoons are © 2019 by  Kurt Shaw. No reproduction allowed without written permission.