Julian Schnabel was born in 1951 in Brooklyn, New York. He came to prominence in the 1980s New York art scene as a leading figure of the Neoexpressionist movement, and has ever since been a figure of immense controversy and respect. Schnabel has directed three feature films, Basquiat, Before Night Falls and the 2007 Cannes Film Festival favorite, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. His designs for Ian Schrager's Gramercy Park Hotel received a great deal of attention in 2006, when it opened to critical acclaim. Schnabel lives and works in New York, Montauk and San Sebastian, Spain.
Rudi Fuchs is a writer, art historian and curator, and was formerly Director of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.