|Julian Schnabel was born in New York City in 1951, moved to Brownsville, Texas in 1965 and attended the University of Houston, Texas from 1969-1973 where he received a BFA. He had his first solo painting exhibition at the Mary Boone Gallery, New York City, in February 1979. Since then, Schnabel's paintings and sculptures have been exhibited all over the world. His work is included in private and public collections including New York's Museum of Modern Art Whitney Museum of American Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Los Angeles' Museum of Contemporary Art, Bilbao's Guggenheim, Paris' Centre Georges Pompidou, London's Tate Gallery, Tokyo's Metropolitan Museum and The National Gallery in Washington D.C. to list a few. His work is represented by the Pace Wildenstein Gallery in New York City.
In 1996, he wrote and directed the feature film Basquiat about New York artist Jean Michel Basquiat. In 2000 he derected the film Before Night Falls (2000), with Javier Bardem and in collaborated with Wim Wenders,in the direction of the film The Million Dollar Hotel.
His art works are part of the most important collection all over the word and they are in the main Museums of Contemporary Art: Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo - The Art Institute of Chicago - Australian National Gallery - The Butler Institute of American Art, Ohio - Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas - Des Moines Art Center, Iowa - Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao - Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin - Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC - Kochi Museum, Japan - Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland - Kunstmuseum Basel, Switzerland - The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York - Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee - Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris - Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Contemporaneo Reina Sofia, Madrid - Museum of Art Carnegie Institute, Pittsbourg - Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles - Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami - Museum of Modern Art, New York - National Gallery of Art, Washington DC - Paine Webber Collection, New York - Philadephia Museum of Art, Philadelphia - The Refco Collection, Chicago - San Francisco Museum of Moderne Art, San Francisco - The Solomon R. Guggenheim Collection, New York - Sonje Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea - Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam - Tate Gallery, London - Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo - Whitney Museum of American Art, New York - Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama.
Schnabel lives with and his family in New York City and San Sebastian, Spain.