Robert Longo (born in 1953, New York) is an American painter and sculptor. Longo attended the University of North Texas, Denton but left before graduating. He then went on to study sculpture back in Buffalo State College in New York where he met artist Cindy Sherman and art professor Joseph Piccillo. It was at this time Longo and his friends founded an avant-garde art gallery called The Essex Art Center.
Through the gallery, Longo met and joined a group of underground artists working in New York in the 1980s. It was then that he produced the critically acclaimed “Men in Cities” series which depicted smartly dressed men and women writhing in contorted emotion.
Longo is well known for his bold drawings and sculptural works fusing pop culture and Fine Art influenced by his childhood fascination with mass media: television, movies, magazines, and comic books, which continues to influence his work today.