George CONDO


George CONDO

George Condo was born in Concord, New Hampshire, USA, in 1957. He lives and works in New York. Condo is recognised as being one of America’s most influential living artists. In a career spanning more than three decades, Condo’s highly original and distinctive body of work has consistently drawn upon art historical traditions and genres, the portrait particularly, in order to hold a mirror up to contemporary social mores. Condo first started exhibiting his hybrid style paintings in the 1980s. His work daringly fused the sensibilities of European Old Master painting with references to popular American culture, including Playboy magazine, comics and cartoons. Condo coined the term ‘Artificial Realism’, to describe his approach or, in other words, ‘the realistic representation of that which is artificial’. Between 1985 and 1995, Condo worked in both Paris and New York, and spent a considerable amount of time in the French capital where he met writer William S. Burroughs (with whom he has collaborated) and the philosopher Félix Guattari, who has written extensively on his work. Throughout his career, Condo has never deviated from his personal vision. His unique pictorial inventions, ‘imaginary portraits’ and often grotesque but classically executed paintings continue to surprise and, at times, horrify.

His works feature in important public and private collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona; the Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo and the Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Paris.


George Condo, Composition rouge et verte, 2006
George Condo, Nu Assis, 2008
George Condo, Purple Nude II, 2015
George Condo, Seated Female Figure, 2005
George Condo, Untitled, 2014
George Condo, Untitled, 2015