Donald Baechler (American, b.1956) is a celebrated and internationally recognized Contemporary artist. His work is usually rendered in a style that combines both innocence and sophistication. He was born in Hartford, CT, as the second child to Quaker parents. By the age of five, he had developed an interest in drawing and painting. His artistic talent was largely influenced by visits to the Wadsworth Antheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, CT, and by works by famous artists such as Pop artist Andy Warhol. Baechler received his formal education in Art at the College of Art, Maryland Institute in Baltimore, MD, from 1974 to 1977, and later at Cooper Union, New York, NY. In 1978, he enrolled in a two-year course at the Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

Baechler returned to the United States at a time when the Neo-Expressionist movement was gaining popularity among American artists. He became a major luminary of this movement along with other Neo-Expressionist artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat. Baechler’s method involved the use of vivid, exuberant colors to create energetic images. He greatly contributed to the movement by incorporating Pop imagery, symbols, and commercial icons into his works. By the early 1980s, the artist had come of age as a Neo-Expressionist painter. Most of his worldly images are recorded on slides; this wide collection of compelling paintings and graphic works can be viewed at his studio in lower Manhattan. His work has been featured in group exhibitions such as Notable Henchman at the Kurnatowski Gallery in New York in 2011.

Some of Baechler’s recent solo exhibitions include the Donald Baechler: Painting and Sculpture display in 2012 at Fisher Landau Center for Art in Long Island City, NY, the Sculptures and Paintings exhibition at the McClain Gallery in Houston, TX, in 2011, and the Recent Works exhibition at the Studio d'Arte Raffaelli in Trento, Italy. His works can also be viewed at the Tony Shafrazi Gallery in New York. Baechler lives close to his studio in New York City

Timeline

1956
Born in Hartford, CT
1974–1977
Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
1977–1978
Cooper Union, New York, NY
1978–1979
Staatliche Hochschule fur bildende Kunste, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Lives and works in New York, NY

Exhibitions

2012–2013
Crowd (For Bill T. Jones), New York Live Arts, New York
2011–2012
Fisher Landau Center for Art, New York, NY
2011
Sculptures & Paintings, McClain Gallery, Houston, TX
Lars Bohman Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
2010
New Work, Cheim & Read, New York, NY (solo)
2009
New Works, Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki, Finland (solo)
Donald Baechler: Recent Paintings and Collages, McClain Gallery, Houston, TX (solo)
I Wonder if I Can Write a Poem Tonight, Galleria in Arco, Torino, Italy (solo)
2008
New Bronze Sculptures, Editions Department, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria
Clinch/Cross/Cut - Team 404 & John Armleder, New Jerseyy, Basel, Switzerland
Full House - Arbeiten auf Papier, Galerie Friedrich, Basel, Switzerland
2007
Four Friends, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, NY
Exitus. Tod Alltaglich, Kunstlerhaus Wien, Vienna, Austria
Strange Weight, Martos Gallery, New York, NY
2006
Ciasa de ra Regoles – Museo Rimoldi, in collaboration with Studio d’Arte Raffaelli, Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy (solo)
Galleri Lars Bohman, Stockholm, Sweden (solo)
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria (solo)
Cheim & Read Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Busy Going Crazy: Collection Sylvio Perlstein, La Maison Rouge, Paris, France
2005
Figur Skulptur, Sammlung Essl, Vienna, Austria
Cheim & Read Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Galerie Bernd Klüser, Munich, Germany (solo)
Kunst Meran, Merano, Italy (solo)
2004
Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, CO
Galleria Cardi, Milano, Italy (solo)
Museum der Moderne, Rupertinum, Salzburg, Austria (solo)
Galerie Thaddeus Ropac, Paris, France (solo)
Pop Art & Minimalismus, Albertina, Vienna, Austria
Visions of America, Sammlung Essl., Vienna, Austria
2003
Painting Lesson, Galleria Cardi, Milan, Italy
Pictura Magistra Vitae, Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio, Bologna, Italy
Hamiltons Gallery, London, England (solo)
Galleria Leyendecker, Tenerife, Spain (solo)
Gallery Lars Bohman, Stockholm, Sweden (solo)
Cheim & Read, New York, NY (solo)
2002
Good News, Galleria Cardi & Co., Milan, Italy
Keine Kleinigkeit, Kunsthalle, Basel, Switzerland
Galeria Leyendecker, Tenerife, Spain (solo)
John Berggruen, San Francisco, CA (solo)
Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, San Marino, Italy
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria
Alain Noirhomme, Brussels, Belgium (solo)
Principal & Auxilliary Functions: Some recent Pictures, Galleria di via Eugippo, San Marino, Italy (solo)
2001
Mythic Proportions: Painting in the 1980s, Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, FL
Five Easy Pieces, Tony Shafrazi, New York, NY (solo)
Galerie Jan Wagner, Berlin, Germany (solo)
Oeuvres Récentes, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France (solo)
Some of My Subjects, Studio d’Arte Raffaelli, Trento, Italy (solo)
2000
Donald Baechler: New Paintings, Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, East Hampton, NY (solo)
Buildings and Other New Paintings, Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, CO (solo)
Recent Editions, Pace/Prints, New York, NY (solo)
Galeria Leyendecker, Tenerife, Spain (solo)
Painting, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, NY
And Away We Go, Baron/Boisanté, New York, NY
Off White, Tony Shafrazi, New York, NY
Drawings & Photographs, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, NY
Pat Hearn Gallery: Part One (1983-1987), Pat Hearn Gallery, New York, NY
1999
Thomas Chon, São Paulo, Brazil
Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France
Studio d’Arte Raffaelli, Trento, Italy
Cheim & Read, New York, NY
Tony Shafrazi, New York, NY
Greenberg Van Doren, St. Louis, MO
Velge & Noirhomme, Brussels, Belgium
Baron/Boisanté, New York, NY
Bernd Klueser, Munich, Germany
Lars Bohman, Stockholm, Sweden
1998
Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Lars Bohman, Stockholm, Sweden
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria
Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland
Baron/Boisanté, New York, NY
Galeria 56, Budapest, Hungary
Galleria Civica di Arte Contemporanea, Trento, Italy
1997
Studio d’Arte Raffaelli, Trento, Italy
Harley Baldwin, Aspen, CO
Tony Shafrazi, New York, NY
Paul Kasmin, New York, NY
Galleria Milleventi, Milan, Italy
1996
Galeria Leyendecker, Tenerife, Spain
Works on Paper, Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, CO
Group Show, Tony Shafrazi, New York, NY
Picasso: A Contemporary Dialogue, Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Autsria
1995
Emblems and Contours, Sperone Westwater, New York, NY
Black Flowers, Bernd Klueser, Munich, Germany
Donald Baechler: Fish & Wildlife, Baldwin Gallery, Aspen CO
Donald Baechler: Selected Early Paintings, Tony Shafrazi, New York, NY
1994
Donald Baechler: Drawings, Laura Carpenter Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM

Public Collections

Centre George Pompidou, Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris, France
Eli Broad Family Foundation, Los Angeles, CA
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY