Julian Schnabel is a painter and filmmaker known as a founding member of the American Neo-Expressionist movement and arguably its most famous practitioner. Schnabel’s gestural application of paint on large canvases, use of unconventional materials, and figurative representation situates him alongside the practices of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Eric Fischl and David Salle.
Born in Brooklyn (1951), Schnabel participated in the Independent study program at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York in the late 1970s, after which his public persona and popularity grew. Schnabel turned to feature-filmmaking in the 1990s, winning the Grand Jury Prize for "Before Night Falls" (2000) at the Venice Film Festival and the Best Director Prize at the Cannes Film Festival for "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" (2007).
He currently lives and works between New York and Montauk, NY.