Born 1960, Los Angeles, CA. After graduating from high school in Phoenix, AZ, Kitty moved to New York City in 1978 to attend Parsons School of Design. She quickly became involved in the East Village art, music, fashion, and performance scene centered around the legendary Club 57 on St. Mark’s Place and The Mudd Club on White St., in collaboration and conjunction with such notable friends as Kenny Scharf, Keith Haring, Ann Magnuson, John Sex, and Tseng Kwong Chi. During this period, Kitty worked as a fashion model doing print, runway, and video in New York and Paris working with a number of now legendary designers and photographers. She also starred in numerous early art videos filmed by Kenny Scharf. Kitty currently lives and works in Tucson, AZ.



1994 – Bachelor of Arts in Literature and Creative Writing, University of California at Santa Cruz


1985-1988 – Media and Communication Studies, Hunter College, New York, NY


1978-1982 – Illustration Techniques, Parsons School of Design, New York, NY





2018 - "I Dreamed I was Normal & Nobody Noticed & Everyone Cared", curated by Zachary Witter, HausQ, Tucson, AZ


2018 - “I’m Still Here”, curated by Jennifer Borland and Matt Sova, Jenny’s, Los Angeles, CA


2015 – Elizabeth Cherry Presents: Kitty Brophy @ The Downtown Clifton, Tucson, AZ




2020 – “Drawings, Paintings, Maybe a Sculpture”, curated by Alex Von Bergen, Everybody Gallery, Chicago, IL


2019 – “3 Graces”, curated by Oliver Sanchez, Swampspace, Miami, FL


2019 – “Sexy X-Mas III”, curated by Alice Lodge, The Lodge, Los Angeles, CA


2019 – “Yesterday’s Tomorrowland Today”, curated by Ann Magnuson and Alexa Hunter, Winslow Garage, Los Angeles, CA


2018 - “Impulse Control”, curated by Alex Freedman and Robbie Fitzpatrick, Freedman Fitzpatrick, Paris, France


2018 - “68-18”, curated by Ludovica Capobianco, Shin Gallery, New York, NY


2017 - “Club 57: Film, Performance, and Art in the East Village, 1978-1983”, curated by Ron Magliozzi and Sophie Cavoulacos, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY


2017 - “Beautiful Mess”, curated by Colleena Sabatino, La Matadora Gallery, Joshua Tree, CA


2017 - “Drop Dead Gorgeous", curated by Peter Hristoff, SVA Flatiron Project Space, New York, NY


2017 - “If You Stay Busy You Have No Time To Be Unhappy", curated by Jocko Weyland, MOCA Tucson, Tucson, AZ


2017 - “Being Feminist”, curated by Valerie Galloway, YWCA Galleria, Tucson, AZ


2016 – “Gardens of the Pure”, curated by Jocko Weyland, MOCA Tucson, Tucson, AZ


2015 – Memory Games Release Party and Exhibiton, presented by Elizabeth Cherry, MOCA Tucson Gift Shop, Tucson, AZ


2015 – “Sonoran Hot Dog Stand”, curated by Jocko Weyland, Fleisher Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA,


2011 – “East Village West”, curated by Ann Magnuson and Kenny Scharf, Royal T Gallery, Los Angeles, CA


1981 – “Drawing Show”, curated by Keith Haring, Mudd Club, New York, NY


1980 - “Club 57 Invitational”, curated by Keith Haring, Club 57, New York, NY

Other Projects:


2020 - Painting featured in Warner Brothers’ film, “Birds of Prey”, Production Designer, K.K. Barrett


2019 – Untitled Art Fair, New image Art booth, curated by Marsea Goldberg, Miami, FL



“Behold the “3 Graces: Naughty Then and Now” at Design District Gallery, by George Fishman, Artburst featured in The Miami Herald, December 12, 2019


“5 female erotic illustrators: Girls like sex too, you know,” by Lara Delmage, Metal Magazine, September 27, 2019


“Impulse Control” at Freedman Fitzpatrick, Contemporary Art Daily, October 10, 2018


“Club 57: Film, Performance, and Art in the East Village, 1978–1983”, by Jane Ursula Harris, Artforum International, May 2018


"For Kitty Brophy, freedom from authority in some wickedly sensuous lines," by David Pagel, LA Times, April 17, 2018


“Club 57” by Meredith Mowder, The Brooklyn Rail, March 5, 2018


"Freaks and Geeks: Revisiting the Legendary Club 57 at MOMA," by Jennifer Krasinski, Village Voice, November 9, 2017


"Tucson Makers: 3 Questions With 5 Amazing Women", by Angela Pittenger, This is Tucson, September 22, 2016


"From The Desk of Ann Magnuson: Kitty Brophy", Magnet Magazine, September 22, 2016


“Datebook: Body, Beauty, and Art at Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson, Blouin Artinfo, September 5, 2016


“Gardens of the Pure at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson”, SFAQ, (online), July 29, 2016


“The Joy of Sex”, by Margaret Regan, Tucson Weekly (online and print), August 18, 2016


“Lessons of New York: Kitty Brophy, Part I” and “Lessons of New York: Kenny Scharf, Part II”,recorded and edited by Rachel Cole Dalamangas, Zing Magazine (online), August 2014


“East Village Preservation Society” Richard Metzger talks to Ann Magnsuon and Kenny Scharf, Dazed & Confused (online and print), March 2012



“You Are Here: The Journal of Creative Geography, Peace and Place”, The University of Arizona, November 2018, edited by Taylor Miller


“Club 57: Film, Performance, and Art in the East Village 1978-1983”, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, 2017, edited by Ron Magliozzi, Curator, and Sophie Cavoulacos, Assistant Curator


“Kitty Brophy, Downtown Clifton, Tucson”, September 2015, by Jocko Weyland


“Gardens of the Pure: Kitty Brophy, Emma Kohlmann, Alice Mackler”, June 18, 2016, by Jocko Weyland

Speaking Engagements:


“You Are Here: The Journal of Creative Geography, Peace and Place”, The University of Arizona 20th Anniversary Issue release reception, November 1, 2018


AIGA Arizona presents Tucson Makers: Inspired by Women, September 22, 2016

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Kenny Scharf


LA Hammer Museum


MOCA Los Angeles

MOCA Tucson

Tseng Kwong Chi

Ann Magnuson

Birds of Prey