(American, b.1957) is a Contemporary visual artist who creates paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints. His work has influenced a whole generation of artists. Condo attended the University of Massachusetts in Lowell, where he studied art history and music theory. He moved to Boston after two years of college and worked in a silk screen shop, then joined a band called The Girls
with Abstract painter Mark Dagley
(American, b.1957). While in the band, Condo met Jean-Michel Basquiat
(American, 1960–1988), and this meeting prompted Condo to move to New York and seriously pursue a career in art.
Condo''s first public exhibitions were held in East Village galleries between 1981 and 1983. It was also during this time that he worked in Andy Warhol
''s (American, 1928–1987) factory, applying gold dust to Warhol''s Myths
series. In 1983, Condo moved to Los Angeles and had his first solo exhibition at Ulrike Kantor Gallery. He then moved to Germany and worked with the Mulheimer Freiheit group. His first European solo exhibition was in 1984 at Monika Sprueth Gallery. One of Condo''s most famous works, The Cloudmaker
, debuted at this exhibition.
While in Europe, Condo met Barbara Gladstone, and, later in 1984, he had a two-gallery exhibition in New York at Pat Hearn Gallery and Barbara Gladstone
Galleries. Condo also met and forged a friendship with Keith Haring
(American, 1958–1990) and produced several of his works during this period, including Dancing to Miles
, which was included in the 1987 Whitney Biennial and was completed in Haring''s studio. One of Condo''s greatest collaborative partners was William S. Burroughs
(American, 1914–1997). The two worked together on many paintings
and sculptures between 1988 and 1996, and some of these works were exhibited at Pat Hearn Gallery in New York. They completed a series of writings and etchings titled Ghost of Chance
, which was published by the Whitney Museum in 1991.
Condo is also well-known for book and album cover art. He provided the cover art for Jack Kerouac''s Book of Sketches
and did the album cover for Kanye West''s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
. He also worked on album art for Danny Elfman (American, b. 1953). Condo has had exhibitions at the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston, the Musee Maillol in Paris, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Stalliche Kunthstalle Baden-Baden in Germany, and the Albright-Knox Museum in Buffalo, NY. Condo currently works and resides in New York and is represented by Sprüth Magers Berlin/London
, the Skarstedt Gallery
in New York, and the Simon Lee Gallery