Longo attended the University of North Texas, although he left before obtaining his college degree. Later, he studied the art form of sculpture with Leonda Finke, who encouraged and convinced him to pursue a career in visual arts. In the early 1970s, Robert Longo received a grant to study in Italy, at Florence’s Academia de Bella Arti. Once he returned from Italy, he enrolled in Buffalo State University, where he graduated with a BFA in 1975.
While he was in college, Longo developed an art gallery with one of his friends in their co-op building. Later, the gallery became Hallways Contemporary Art Center. Through this, Longo met so many people, including New York artists and residents.
Although Longo studied multiple art forms, his favorite form of self-expression continued to be drawing, and he drew upon his sculpture to contribute to his drawings, giving them a unique and distinct appearance.
Robert Longo has shown retrospective exhibitions all over the world, including some of the most famous names in the art world, including the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He has also been part of group exhibitions, and his work is featured and represented throughout various collections in places such as the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Albertina in Vienna, the Ludwig Museum in Cologne, and so many more.
Some of the most well known Robert Longo artwork and exhibitions include the following:
- Gang of Cosmos (2014)
- Strike the Sun (2014)
- Perfect Gods (2007)
- Balcony (2008)
- Beginning of the World (2007)
- Heritage (2006)
- The Sickness of Reason (2003)
- Ophelia (2002)
- Superheroes (1998)
- The Freud Cycle (2000)
- Crosses (1992)
- Combines (1982)
- Men in the Cities (1979)
- Waves (included in the 2000 Monsters collection)
In true fashion to his interest in various forms of art, Robert Longo also tried his hand at video production. In the 1980s, he directed numerous music videos, including “Bizarre Love Triangle” by New Order, “The One I Love” by R.E.M., and “Peace Sells” by Megadeth. He was also responsible for the Replacements’ 1985 album cover for Tim and the front cover of The Ascension by Glenn Braca. He also founded and fronted several music acts, and directed Johnny Mnemonic, the cult cyberpunk movie starring Keanu Reeves. He also continued to develop his craft, collaborating with other notable artists on performance art theater pieces.
Today, Robert Longo happily lives with his wife, Barbara Sukowa, and their three sons in New York.
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