Year: 2010

Long before he was Kanye West's Twitter avi (part of his work for My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy), George Condo was a fixture in the East Village art scene. Condo described his style as Artificial Realism, "the realistic representation of that which is artificial," characterized by the fusion of Europe's Old Master's with American Pop influence. One of the contemporararies of other influential NY artists like Basquiat and Keith Haring, Condo's dark work is known for distorting human faces into a mixture of caricature and puppet facade. He also handpainted Kim Kardashian's Hermes Birkin Bag that West gave to her in 2013.