Donald Baechler was born in Hartford, Connecticut in 1956. He studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Cooper Union, and the Staatliche Hochschule für bildende Künste in Germany.
Baechler’s material draws from a multitude of sources – Pop art, folk art, outsider art, classical art history, and pop culture, to name a few. He cites Cy Twombly and Giotto as his primary influences. His colorful paintings and sculptures are created through a cumulative process of combining fragments and layers of collected materials and images, coming together in what he calls an “illusion of history. Baechler is concerned with formal aspects such as line, form, and balance, but views this traditional methodology through a contemporary mindset, borrowing and building from his classical influences.
Baechler has been featured in solo exhibitions at the Fischer Landau Center for Art (Queens), Nassau County Museum of Art, and Tony Shafrazi Gallery (New York). His works are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Guggenheim Museum (New York), the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and Musée National d’Art Moderne (Paris), among others. He lives and works in New York City.