American, born 1957.
George Condo’s work is populated by a cast of characters whose bulging eyes, bulbous cheeks, proliferating limbs, and hideous over- and under-bites set them apart as a singular species. Drawing on vastly diverse painting practices—like Pablo Picasso, Diego Velázquez, Henri Matisse, and Cy Twombly—Condo absorbs a vast range of art-historical sources, yet, at the same, creates a pictorial language characteristically his own, one that investigates the macabre, the carnivalesque, and the abject. He calls his surrealistic style “psychological cubism”, exploiting “our own imperfections—the private, off-moments or unseen aspects of humanity—that often give way to some of painting’s most beautiful moments.” Even Condo’s most abstract works, like Internal Space (2005) with its impenetrable geometric scaffolding of forms radiating from the painting’s center, explore the furthest extremes of the human psyche.
George CondoPlate 5 Cascading Butlers , 2011
George CondoSelf Portrait in Paris 1 poster, 2018
George CondoCompression V, 2011
George CondoEyes and Smiles poster, 2018
George CondoPlate 9 - Heads and Toes, 2011 , 2011
George CondoPlate 15, Compression VI , 2011
George CondoMental States lenticular invite, 2012, 2012
George CondoPlate 6 Internal Voices, 2011, 2011