John Baldessari (b. 1931 in National City, California) is an American conceptual artist best known for his work using found photography and appropriated images. Baldessari received his BA and MA from San Diego State College, continuing his studies at Otis Art Institute and Chouinard Art Institute. Integrating photomontage, painting, and text, Baldessari’s visual juxtapositions connect words with images to illuminate, mystify, and contest meaning and expectations.
Baldessari's artwork has been featured in more than 200 solo exhibitions and in over 1000 group exhibitions in the U.S. and Europe. His projects include artist books, videos, films, billboards and public works. His awards and honors include memberships in the American Academy of Arts and Letters and in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Americans for the Arts Lifetime Achievement Award, the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative, the BACA International 2008, and the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement, awarded by La Biennale di Venezia in 2009. He has received honorary degrees from the National University of Ireland, San Diego State University, Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design, and California College of the Arts. Recent projects include exhibitions in New York, Europe, and Los Angeles; installations at the Museum Haus Lange (Krefeld, Germany), the Temporary Stedelijk 2 (Amsterdam, the Netherlands) and the Manchester International Festival (Manchester, United Kingdom); an exhibition with the Fondazione Prada in Milan, Italy; and the traveling retrospective "John Baldessari: Pure Beauty." John Baldessari: A Catalogue Raisonné of Prints and Multiples 1971-2007 was published in December 2009 by Hudson Hills Press.