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Overview (2)

Born in Brooklyn, New York, USA
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Julian Schnabel was born on October 26, 1951 in Brooklyn, New York, USA. He is a director, known for The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007), Before Night Falls (2000) and At Eternity's Gate (2018).

Spouse (2)

Jacqueline Schnabel (? - ?) ( divorced) ( 3 children)
Olatz López Garmendia (? - ?) ( divorced) ( 2 children)

Trivia (18)

Prior to establishing his film career, Julian Schnabel made a name for himself (throughout the 1980s) as a "neo-expressionist" artist/painter (some of his paintings involved smashed plates glued to wooden panels). His work has been exhibited at art galleries around the world, and he has been known as the "self-proclaimed lion of the New York art world".
His wife Olatz López Garmendia appeared as Reinaldo's mother in Before Night Falls (2000), also serving as the movie's executive producer.
(1969 to 1973) Studied at the University of Houston, where he received his B.F.A..
Did the paintings, photos and art direction for the album "By the way" (2002) by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Father of five children: Stella Schnabel, Vito Schnabel and Lola Schnabel with his first wife Jacqueline; the twins Cy Schnabel and Olmo Schnabel with his present wife Olatz López Garmendia. All of his children appeared on Before Night Falls (2000).
Says he remains on good terms with his ex-wife Jacqueline, who lives seven blocks away from his New York home.
His college room mate was Robert Wuhl.
His first solo show at the Mary Boone Gallery in 1979 made him a new force in the neo-expressionist movement. One year later, he was invited to participate at the Venice Biennale.
Lives in New York City and has a summer home in Montauk, Long Island.
Singing in a rock band in Brownsville, Texas, when he was a teenager, he released his first album "Every Silver Lining Has a Cloud", containing country-rock songs, in 1995.
Born in Brooklyn but later moved with family to Brownsville, Texas, where he grew up.
His art works are in museums throughout the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.
Born to Esta and Jack Schnabel, he has an older brother and sister.
Created a pink, seven floors high Venezian palazzo with Romeo and Juliet balconies in Manhattan, where his family is living and his studio is situated.
Traveled to Europe in the late 1970s, where he was impressed by the work of artists such as Antoni Gaudi and Joseph Beuys.
His top ten favorite films are Professione: reporter (1975), Andrei Rublev (1966), Soy Cuba (1964), The 400 Blows (1959), The Godfather (1972), The Godfather: Part II (1974), Mafioso (1962), The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974), Viridiana (1961), and The Battle of Algiers (1966).
Engaged to Danish model May Andersen.
Directed one Oscar nominated performance: Javier Bardem in Before Night Falls (2000).

Personal Quotes (9)

Art is a utilitarian thing, not a decorative thing.
[on At Eternity's Gate (2018)] I think everybody that's from the Western world is probably bottle-fed some concept of Van Gogh [Vincent van Gogh] as a painter. And probably Picasso. You don't know what they do, but you know you've heard the names. ...I'm from Brooklyn. I had no art education. Probably the first impression of a painting that I remember was the painting of 'Aristotle Contemplating the Bust of Homer' by Rembrandt. So you have impressions when you're a child, and then you become a painter. Then you engage in the materiality of it and the way things are put together. You break everything down to all of the elements. And the more I do it, the more surprised I am at how difficult it is to watch anything. [2018]
Whatever you're gonna make, you gotta make it for yourself. The elements or the use of the material has to speak to you. I'm always surprised when people make paintings that are so predictable. [2018]
People might think they know how to do it better. Well, this is my version of what a movie could be. [2018]
[on Vincent van Gogh] I thought he was quite sane when he was painting. Those paintings are not paintings of madness. They're paintings of sanity. [2018]
I think most young artists should never listen to anybody else. You know better than anyone what you need to do. You might think an older artist knows better than you, and is smarter, and they may be, but nobody knows better than you do what you need to do for your own picture. Most older artists are gonna try to get you to conform to the standards that you set out to destroy in the first place. [2018]
I like to push the boundaries about as far as I can, but at a certain moment, you don't want people to say, 'Well, I'm not in the movie anymore.' [2018]
I mean, why does anybody make a movie? Or why does anybody make a painting? Why does anybody make anything? One is to make it for yourself. The other is to share it with other people. If you're going to show it to somebody else, then a whole other set of variables comes in. [2018]
[on At Eternity's Gate (2018)] The movie, in a sense, is a mirror of you, as well. I'm trying to reboot people's perceptions. [2018]

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