Julian Schnabel – The Bad Boy of the Art World
Julian Schnabel, one of the most recognized faces of abstract art in the modern era, was born on October 26, 1951 in New York City, the son of Esta and Jack Schnabel. This multifaceted American personality is a painter, filmmaker, sculptor, furniture designer, and property developer. Schnabel grew up in a Russian Jewish neighborhood near Ocean Parkway in Brooklyn; although he spent most of his formative years in Brownsville, Texas. He was drawn to art from childhood and went on to study BFA at the University of Houston in 1973. He returned to New York the same year to attend the Whitney Museum’s independent study program for young artists. He was married twice and has three children from his first wife, Jacqueline Beaurang, who is a clothing designer. Julian Schnabel has two twin children from his second wife, the Basque-Spanish actor and model Olatz López Garmendia.
At first, the artist lived a bohemian lifestyle and traveled extensively around the world, financing his excursions by working as a cook and taxi driver. Julian’s hipster lifestyle earned him a reputation as “the bad boy of the art world.” He was a regular visitor to Max’s Kansas City, a restaurant-nightclub in New York City, where he practiced his art. This modern-age neo-expressionist, however, became a force to be reckoned with, after he exhibited his work at the Mary Boone Gallery in 1979. The following year, Julian participated in the Venice Biennale and was an immediate success. . Schnabel’s ability to commercialize his skills quickly propelled him into the public eye, as is evident from the fact that his works of art can be found in museums around the world. He was soon recognized among the geniuses of 20th century art. His paintings consist of lively colors and adventurous brushstrokes. Julian’s unusual painting styles are generally filled with great raw power and emotional energy, as in “The Walk Home (1985)”.
Throughout his life, Schnabel has often been surrounded by controversies, most of them arising due to his outspoken and brash demeanor. Several critics blamed him for marketing his art and made fun of his work. However, for fans, who love his eccentric personality, Julian Schnabel is a modern hero who is credited with having revived “painting” as a noble art form. In 1987, Schnabel published his autobiography, “CVJ: Nicknames of Maitre D’s and other excerpts from life.”
Schnabel has also written and directed three films, which were artistic biographies, among them “Basquiat” in 1996, a biographical film about the painter Jean-Michel Basquiat, and “Before Night Falls”, based on the memoirs of the Cuban poet Reinaldo Arenas in year. 2000. He was also the producer of these films. In addition, Schnabel won the best director award at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival for his third film, “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly,” which was an adaptation of a French memoir.