George Condo was born in 1957 in Concord, New Hampshire. He studied Art History and Music Theory at the University of Massachusetts. In the early 1980s when he emerged in the East Village art scene, Condo coined the term Artificial Realism (“the realistic representation of that which is artificial”) to describe his hybridization of traditional European Old Master painting with a sensibility informed by American Pop. The first public exhibition of his work took place in New York City at various East Village galleries from 1981 to 1983. During this period he worked in Andy Warhol’s factory. In 1983 he had his first solo exhibition at Ulrike Kantor Gallery, than he moved to New York and Cologne. In these years he became close to Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring. Between 1985 and 1995 Condo lived and worked mostly between Paris and New York, while continuing to exhibit extensively in the United States and Europe. In Paris he met and collaborated with William S. Burroughs and Félix Guattari. He has exhibited extensively in the United States, Europe and Asia. His works have been included in exhibitions at many prestigious museums all around the world.