George Condo (b.1957)

Biography

Born in 1957, George Condo is an American contemporary artist born in Concord, New Hampshire. His practice consists of various mediums including painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture. Having originally worked as a printer for Andy Warhol in the early 1980s, Condo is best known for his startlingly powerful portraits and figurative paintings.

Having studied art history and music theory at the University of Massachusetts, Condo worked with various punk bands in the late 1970s. After meeting Jean-Michel Basquiat when Condo's group supported the former's band Gray, Condo moved to Ludlow St in New York to pursue a career as an artist. Condo played a pivotal role in the revitalising of painting during the 1980s, and was a key contributor to the East Village art scene. He exhibited in various New York galleries in the early 1980s before moving to Cologne, Germany; this move to Europe was to lead to his 1984 exhibition with Monica Spruth gallery.

He lived in Los Angeles and Paris, after finally settling back in New York during the 1990s. Condo's work is housed within a number of private collections including MOMA, The Whitney and The Guggenheim. He has been the subject of numerous important exhibitions, including solo shows at The New Museum, New York; the Hayward Gallery, London; and the Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt.