Karl Haendel was born in New York in 1976. He received a BA in Art History and Art Semiotics from Brown University in 1998. He participated in the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program in New York in 1999 and in 2000 briefly studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. He then received his MFA from the University of California at Los Angeles in 2003. Haendel's meticulously hand-rendered, photorealistic graphite drawings reproduce images culled from the world of mass media and everyday objects, calling into question art world conceptions of originality, production, and reproduction. The artist arranges his drawings in salon-style installations to foster powerful juxtapositions of references, often specifically quoting American culture. In addition to many gallery exhibitions, a solo exhibition of Haendel's work was organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles in 2005. His work has also been included in group exhibitions such as 100 Drawings at P.S.1 Contemporary Arts Center (1999), California Biennial at Orange County Museum of Art (2004 and 2008), Whitney Biennial (2006), Lines, Grids, Stains, Words at Museum of Modern Art in New York (2007), and This is Killing Me at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams (2009). Haendel lives and works in Los Angeles.