Donald Baechler was born in 1956 in Hartford, CT. He attended the Maryland Institute College of Art from 1974–77, Cooper Union from 1977-78 and the Staatliche Hochschule fuer Bildende Künste Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Baechler's creative process begins amidst a vast collection of popular images and objects, the archives of years of photographing, looking and gathering. His paintings are condensed versions of that cumulative process, built in fragments and layers to create what he calls an "illusion of history." The artist cites Cy Twombly and Giotto as his primary influences. Baechler’s work is in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and The Centre George Pompidou, Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris among other institutions.