Julian Schnabel was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. His first solo exhibition was held at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston in 1976, His rise to prominence however, occurred a few years later following two exhibitions at the Mary Boone Gallery in New York, in which he established a new narrative for painting.
Schnabel’s work has been exhibited throughout the world. Retrospectives have been mounted by Tate Gallery, London (1983), the Whitney Museum of American Art (1987), The Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (1987), Kunsthalle, Düsseldorf (1987), the Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankurt (2004), Museo Correr, Venice (2011), in addition to many other museums.
Schnabel’s work is also included in the public collections of numerous museums in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, London and many others. Schnabel has directed five movies in five years, Basquiat (1996), Before Night Falls (2000), The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007), Berlin (2007) and Miral (2011). He won the award for Best Director at both the Cannes Film Festival and the Golden Globe Awards which also led to an Academy Award nomination in the same category. Julian Schnabel lives and works in New York and in Montauk, Long Island.