DONALD BAECHLER Born in 1956, Hartford, CT
Donald Baechler is an American artist who figured prominently in the Neo-Expressionist and Pop Art movements during the 1980s. Incorporating child-like depictions of iconic subjects, such as flowers, birds, and ice cream cones, each work conveys a feeling of memory without becoming an illustration.
Born on November 22, 1956, in Hartford, CT, he grew up in a Quaker family who nourished his early artistic talent. He went on to study at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore from 1974–1977, and continued his education at New York’s Cooper Union. In New York he befriended Tony Shafrazi, who in 1979 founded a downtown gallery that reflected his interest in artwork inspired by graffiti art. In this milieu, Baechler found himself amidst figures such as Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Kenny Scharf.
He continues to live and works in New York, NY. Today, his works are held in the collections of the Goetz Collection in Munich, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, among others.
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
Pace Prints, New York
Paulson Fontaine Press, Berkeley
Baron / Boisanté Editions, New York