ROBERT LONGO was born in Brooklyn, NY, on January 7, 1953.


1975 Attended State University College, Buffalo, New York, BFA

Robert Longo was born in Brooklyn, New York and raised on suburban Long Island where as a youth he participated in various arts activities from a very young age. Longo developed an early fascination with all forms of mass media; especially movies, television, magazines, and comic books. These hallmark influences are still incorporated into the art work that he is producing today.

In order to create his works Longo first projects photographs of his subjects onto paper and traces the figures in graphite, stripping away all details of the background. After he records the basic contours, his assistant(s) continues work on the figure for about a week, filling in the details. Next, Longo goes back into the drawing, using a combination of graphite and charcoal, to provide as he says, "all the cosmetic work." At this point, he makes a number of changes in the figure and continues to work on the drawing until, about a week later, it is completed.

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Edmund from Men in the Cities