A gifted artist and teacher, John Anthony Baldessari is a living artist who is most associated with the California art world and, particularly, with his long career in education.
Baldessari is a native of National City, California, near San Diego. His education includes a Bachelor's in Painting from San Diego State College in 1953 and an MA from the same university in 1957. He studied for a time in Berkeley in 1953 and began his teaching career during his graduate studies.
His teaching resume spans nearly five decades, working at Southwestern College at Chula Vista throughout the 1960's. Since 1970, he has been teaching at the California Institute of Arts in Los Angeles.
John Anthony Baldessari is a multi-discipline artist who works in photography, video and film, an interest which he began to develop in the 1960's. He also works in books, public works and billboards.
He has been the recipient of the Arts Lifetime Achievement Award, the Rolex Mentor and Prot�g� Arts Initiative and his art has been featured in over 200 solo exhibitions and over 700 multi-artist exhibitions across the nation. He is the subject of an upcoming retrospective, slated to open at the Tate Modern, London in 2009.