George Condo

A portraitist of mythical people; the author of the original artistic method of “Artificial Realism;” and the creator of an inimitable style, in which irony and the grotesque are seamlessly fused with one another with the mastery of a draftsman and the genius of a colorist. These can all be aptly used to describe American artist George Condo, who is one of the most significant figurative artists of the modern era.

Practically before our eyes, George Condo was elevated to the rank of General in the hierarchy of contemporary art. His works are the pride of the most prestigious museums and private collections in the world, including the MoMA, NY, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NY, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY.

Among his admirers are Sir Ringo Starr, Leonardo DiCaprio, Princess Caroline of Monaco, jewelry magnate Laurence Graff, Dakis Joannou, Eli Broad, and many other renowned cultural and business figures.

George Condo was born in 1957. It must be noted that even while studying art history at a university in Massachusetts, it was obvious that painting was Condo’s calling.
The first public exhibitions of his work took place in New York City at various East Village galleries from 1981 to 1983. During this period he worked in Warhol’s factory, primarily in the silkscreen production studio applying diamond dust to Warhol’s Myths series.

In 1983, Condo moved to Germany in order to study traditional European painting and become acquainted with contemporary European artists.

Already close friends with Basquiat by this time, Condo met Keith Haring back in New York and the two remained lifelong friends until Haring’s death from AIDS in 1990. Several of Condo’s most significant works from this period which was included in the 1987 Whitney Biennial, were painted in Haring’s East Village studio.

In 1999, Condo received the Academy Award in Art from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In the following year, a documentary directed by John McNaughton entitled “Condo Painting” was released. Within that same year, Condo was invited to be a professor at several Universities.

One of the distinct characteristics of Condo’s art is that it is diverse and multifaceted. Within the painterly theater that he creates, one can often discover hidden references to the most recent political and corporate scandals. His personages consist of mythical heroes, who are accompanied by their servants and housemaids that are portrayed in a cubist style, along with demonic girlfriends and witches, insane saints and heavily boozed supermen. Time possess a nonlinear characteristic in his paintings. For example, cavemen effortlessly transform into heroes of modern times and, conversely, Roman legionnaires and prehistoric personages coexist with our contemporaries on one canvas.

Though Condo forbids direct quotation, it is still possible to trace a distinct line through his works, which indicates his devotion and intimate knowledge of the paintings of the old masters, artists from the Paris school of art, as well as Italian painting from the nineteen twenties and thirties. History will surely place everything in order. George Condo, however, is that rare occurrence, in which everything is already clear. It will not be called into question that for our generation George Condo’s creative work is no less contemporary and interesting than was the work of Pablo Picasso for his contemporaries and followers.

George Condo

  • George Condo - Impressions of Rodrigo

    Impressions of Rodrigo
    2008
    Oil on canvas
    215,9 x 190,5 cm

  • George Condo - Cave Painting

    Cave Painting
    2008
    Oil on canvas
    190,5 x 215,9 cm

  • George Condo - Reclining woman in field

    Reclining woman in field
    2008
    Oil on canvas
    190,5 x 215,9 cm

  • George Condo - Crime and punishment

    Crime and punishment
    2008
    Oil on canvas
    215,9 x 190,5 cm

  • George Condo - Cubist priest

    Cubist priest
    2008
    Oil on canvas
    215,9 x 190,5 cm

  • George Condo - Seated girl

    Seated girl
    2008
    Oil on canvas
    190,5 x 215,9 cm

  • George Condo - Woman and Man

    Woman and Man
    2008
    Oil on canvas
    215,9 x 190,5 cm

  • George Condo - Orgy composition

    Orgy composition
    2008
    Oil on canvas
    190,5 x 215,9 cm

  • George Condo - The Informer

    The Informer
    2008
    Oil on canvas
    190,5 x 215,9 cm

  • George Condo - Smiling Face

    Smiling Face
    2008
    Oil on canvas
    215,9 x 190,5 cm

  • George Condo - The barmaid

    The barmaid
    2008
    Oil on canvas
    190,5 x 215,9 cm

  • George Condo - Seated female figure

    Seated female figure
    2008
    Oil on canvas
    215,9 x 190,5 cm

  • George Condo - The bird brain of Alcatraz

    The bird brain of Alcatraz
    2008
    Oil on canvas
    190,5 x 215,9 cm

  • George Condo - Housekeeper’s Daughter

    Housekeeper’s Daughter
    2007
    Oil on canvas
    20 x 20 cm
    Artist's frame

    Exhibition:
    Traditions of Folk art and Naive art in contemporary culture. National Centre of Contemporary Art, Moscow: 08 Aug – 02 Sept 2012

    Catalogue:
    Traditions of Folk art and Naive art in contemporary culture. NCCA, Moscow, 2012. page 47

  • George Condo - French girl

    French girl
    2006
    Oil on canvas
    133 x 102 cm

    Exhibition:
    Create Your Own Museum Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow: Jan - Feb 2007

    Catalogue:
    Create Your Own Museum, Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow, 2007. page 43

  • George Condo - American cancer

    American cancer
    1981
    Acrylic on canvas
    91.5 x 91.5 cm

    Exhibition:
    Traditions of Folk art and Naive art in contemporary culture, National Centre of Contemporary Art, Moscow: 08 Aug 2012 – 02 Sept 2012

    Literature:
    Catalogue Traditions of Folk art and Naive art in contemporary culture, NCCA, Moscow, 2012. page 48

  • George Condo - Insane secretary

    Insane secretary
    1981
    Acrylic on canvas
    153.3 x 121.8 cm

    Exhibition:
    Bad Planet, Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow: Apr - May 2008

  • George Condo - The Homeless Hobo

    The Homeless Hobo
    2009
    Oil on canvas
    215.9 x 190.5 cm

  • George Condo - External Space

    External Space
    2006
    Oil on canvas
    215.9 x 203.2 cm

  • George Condo - Hemazoids

    Hemazoids
    2009
    Oil on canvas
    215,9 x 190,5 cm

  • George Condo  - Girl with ponytail

    Girl with ponytail
    2009
    Oil on canvas
    215,9 x 190,5 cm

  • George Condo - Writer

    Writer
    2006
    Oil on canvas
    157.48 x 137.16 cm

  • George Condo - Spider Woman

    Spider Woman
    2002
    Oil on canvas
    243,8 x 203,2 cm
    Exhibition:
    George Condo: Mental State. New Museum, New York: 26 Jan - 15 May 2011
    Catalogue:
    Mental State. Highway Publishing, New York, 2011. page 30

  • George Condo - Infestation

    Infestation
    2003
    Oil on canvas
    127 x 101,7 cm

    Exhibitions:
    George Condo. The Lost Civilization. Musee Maillol, Paris: 17 Apr - 17 Aug 2009
    Create Your Own Museum, Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow: Jan - Feb 2007
    Memories of Manet and Velazquez. Galerie Jerome de Noirmont, Paris: May - Jul 2004

    Catalogues:
    George Condo. The lost civilization. Fondation Dina Vierny - Musee Maillol, page. 46
    Create Your Own Museum. Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow, 2007. pp. 38 - 39

  • George Condo - Figures on a Blue Couch

    Figures on a Blue Couch
    1996
    Oil on canvas
    165,1 x 182,88 cm

  • George Condo - The Walrus

    The Walrus
    2005
    Bronze
    66 x 33 x 61 cm

  • George Condo - The Lonely Drinker

    The Lonely Drinker
    2006
    Oil on canvas
    20 x 20 cm

  • George Condo - The Red Head

    The Red Head
    2004
    Oil on canvas
    116,84 x 121,92 cm

  • George Condo - Russian Girl

    Russian Girl
    2006
    Oil on canvas
    165,1 x 152,4 cm

  • George Condo - The other side of reality

    The other side of reality
    2008
    Oil on canvas, 215,9 x 190,5 cm