John Ahearn is a sculptor whose most notable work centers on casting people's faces. He was a founding member of Collaborative Projects, Inc. and co-organizer of the Times Square Show (1980).
In 1990, Ahearn and collaborator Rigoberto Torres began a series of Bronx community workshop projects that produced four permanent sculpture murals featuring figures of neighborhood friends. This controversial work, often called The Bronx Bronzes, was the subject of "Whose Art Is It?," a well-known article by Jane Kramer in the December 21, 1992 issue of the New Yorker. From 1990 to 1991, a survey show of this work, organized by the Houston Contemporary Art Center, traveled to the Netherlands, Hawaii, and other museums in the United States. In 2006, Ahearn and Torres completed a two-year residency at Inhotim, Brazil, that produced two sculpture murals, each 20' x 40'. Ahearn has also been featured in the special projects section of the Frieze Art Fair on Randall's Island, where his original Fashion Moda exhibit, The South Bronx Hall of Fame, was installed. In 2014, the Alexander and Bonin Gallery presented a show of Ahearn's early Bronx work titled Dawson St. and Walton Ave.
Originally from Binghamton, New York, Ahearn lives and works in New York City.