Artist Tom Sanford has a passion for art and for New York City. His exhibition entitled "CafĂ© des Artistes" features caricatures of some of the city's well-known "cultural figures," including Tina Fey, Spike Lee, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Mike D of the Beastie Boys, Woody Allen, and ESPO. The show opens September 7 at Kravets/Wehby Gallery, but Sanford took some time recently to talk with ANIMALNewYork about a few of the pieces in the show and about his relationship with the city. He tells ANIMAL that the show is named after a famous restaurant that once sat in the lobby of a hotel on the Upper West Side. The portraits are colorful and insanely detailed, placing celebrities into scenes that are undeniably "New York." Check out the exclusive ANIMAL interview below and head to the exhibition page for more information on the show:

[via ANIMALNewYork]