George Condo (b. 1957) is an American contemporary artist, working in paintings, drawings, sculpture and printmaking. Condo originally studied Art History and Music Theory at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell and fronted a band called “The Girls” until meeting Jean-Michel Basquiat in 1979 and being convinced by Basquiat to move from Boston to New York City to pursue a career in art. Shortly after emerging in the 1980s East Village art scene, Condo coined the term “Artificial Realism,” or “the realistic representation of that which is artificial” to describe his new style that combined his knowledge of the Old Masters with the influence of his Pop contemporaries. Over his career, Condo has worked in several distinct phases or styles, the first being the aforementioned Artificial Realism, and others including a series of grotesque, clownish portraits and the collage-like, expressive “Compression Series”. Condo secured his place as a popular cultural icon upon designing the cover for rapper Kanye West’s 2010 album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, along with many other collaborations and influence upon artists in various fields. Condo’s paintings reside in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Rubell Family Collection in Miami, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., among others. He currently lives and works in New York, NY.

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