Biography

Robert Longo (b. 1953) is an American painter, sculptor, performance artist, draughtsman, and video artist. He gained notoriety in 1983 for his iconic large-scale series of graphite and charcoal drawings depicting businessmen in expressive contortions, entitled Men in Cities.

Over the past three decades since the debut of these drawings, Longo has continued to produce brash, bold works of art that have evolved to include complex themes that explore politics, power, and life. Longo has also become increasingly involved with film; he has directed Arena Brains and Johnny Mnemonic.

He has also become synonymous with large-scale drawings and meticulous craftsmanship. Longo’s unique body of work has been the subject of exhibitions at Metro Pictures, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, the Venice Biennale (1997), the Whitney Biennial (2004), and he was the recipient of the Goslar Kaiserring award for “outstanding achievements in modern art” (2005).