Donald Baechler (b. 1956; d. 2022) was born in Hartford, Connecticut. He studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, the Cooper Union in New York, and the Staatliche Hochschule fuer bildende Kunste in Frankfurt, Germany. He was figured prominently in the Neo-Expressionist and Pop Art movements during the 1980s. Culled from a huge archive of collected images, Baechler’s work focuses more on formal attributes than a narrative. His work is included in numerous collections including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, and the Centre Pompidou in Paris, France. He has had many exhibitions at prestigious institutions throughout the United States and Europe including the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.