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George Condo

American  •  b. 1957

Biography

Few artists have dedicated their careers as singularly to one genre as George Condo has to that of portraiture. He is drawn to the endless inquiries posed by the aesthetics and formal considerations of Caravaggio, Rembrandt and the Old Masters. Emerging on the New York art scene in the 1980s alongside contemporaries such as Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat, Condo developed a distinctive visual lexicon that is unmistakably his own. 

Student to Warhol, friend to Basquiat and collaborator with William S. Burroughs, Condo tracked a different path. The artist frequently cites Picasso as a predominant influence in his contemporary cubist compositions and joyous use of paint. Condo is known for postmodernist compositions staked in wit and the grotesque, which draw the eye into a highly imaginary world. 

Insights

  • Condo has often described his work as "psychological cubism."

  • Though the artist only met Warhol once while working at the Factory, Warhol later purchased several paintings from Condo's first show.

"That's what painting is all about: discovering a way to paint because you love paint. I could roll myself in it, drink it, eat it and kill myself, suffocating in it."

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