John Baldessari (American, 1931 - ) John Baldessari, an American conceptual artist known for his work featuring found photography and appropriated images, was born in National City, California in 1931. He attended San Diego State University and did post-graduate work at Otis Art Institute, Chouinard Art Institute and the University of California at Berkeley. He taught at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, CA from 1970 - 1988 and the University of California at Los Angeles from 1996 - 2007. Baldessari lives and works in Santa Monica and Venice, California. Initially a painter, Baldessari began to incorporate texts and photography into his canvases in the mid-1960s. In 1970 he began working in printmaking, film, video, installation, sculpture and photography. Baldessari also began using found photographs that he manipulated to redirect the viewer’s attention. He has created thousands of works that demonstrate—and, in many cases, combine—the narrative potential of images and the associative power of language within the boundaries of the work of art. Using colorful dots, generally over figures’ faces, he creates as sense of anonymity in his works. His art has been featured in more than 200 solo exhibitions in the U.S. and Europe. His work influenced Cindy Sherman, David Salle, Annette Lemieux, and Barbara Kruger among others. Baldessari is included in many museum collections including the Des Moines Art Center, the Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.