Julian Schnabel

Director, Painter, Cook
A darling of the New York art scene in the 1980s and 1990s, Julian Schnabel rose to prominence as a sculptor and painter of oversized canvases that overflowed with raw energy and emotion. A tireless self-promoter ... Read more »
Born: 10/26/1951 in Brooklyn, New York, USA


Actor (10)

Heart of a Dog 2015 (Movie)


Real Time with Bill Maher 2011 (Tv Show)


Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child 2010 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Golden Globe Winner Special 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)


Picasso & Braque Go to the Movies 2008 (Movie)


Sketches of Frank Gehry 2006 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Rockets Redglare! 2004 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Conversations in World Cinema 1999 - 2002 (TV Show)


The Art of Merry-Go-Round 1990 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)
Director (5)

Miral 2011 (Movie)


Lou Reed's Berlin 2008 (Movie)


The Diving Bell and the Butterfly 2007 (Movie)


Before Night Falls 2000 (Movie)


Basquiat 1996 (Movie)

Music (3)

Miral 2011 (Movie)

(Music Supervisor)

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly 2007 (Movie)

(Music Supervisor)

Basquiat 1996 (Movie)

Producer (2)

Patria O Muerte: Cuba, Fatherland or Death 2016 - 2017 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Before Night Falls 2000 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Writer (2)

Before Night Falls 2000 (Movie)


Basquiat 1996 (Movie)

Art Department (1)

Lou Reed's Berlin 2008 (Movie)

(Set Designer)


A darling of the New York art scene in the 1980s and 1990s, Julian Schnabel rose to prominence as a sculptor and painter of oversized canvases that overflowed with raw energy and emotion. A tireless self-promoter, Schnabel's work reflected his personality and his work ethic, which could be comfortably described as larger-than-life. His interests expanded to film in the late Nineties with "Basquiat" (1996), a biopic of his late friend, the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, which received mixed reviews. His talent behind the camera developed quickly, leading to positive reviews for his subsequent features, "Before Night Falls" (2000), which introduced the world to Spanish actor Javier Bardem, and "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" (2007), a highly praised film about journalist Jean-Dominique Bauby's life after a debilitating stroke that earned Schnabel an Academy Award nomination for Best Director. He followed up with the rather disappointing "Miral" (2010), but always maintained a steady presence on the art scene. In fact, Schnabel considered himself primarily an artist despite directing films with some degree of consistency. Despite such self-protestations, Schnabel was a gifted director whose audacious style crafted beautifully rendered films that were evocative of the human spirit.


Esther Schnabel


Olatz Garmendia

Second wife Appeared in "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" (2007) as Bauby's physical therapist Divorced

Rula Jebreal Interviewee

Jebreal penned the screenplay, and original source novel, for Schnabel's film "Miral" (2011) Split in August 2011

Jacqueline Schnabel

Belgian Divorced

Jack Schnabel


Lola Schnabel

Born c. 1982 Mother, Jacqueline Schnabel

Stella Schnabel

Mother, Jacqueline Schnabel

Cy Schnabel

Fraternal twin of Olmo Mother, Olatz Schnabel

Olmo Schnabel

Fraternal twin of Cy Mother, Olatz Schnabel

Vito Schnabel

Mother, Jacqueline Schnabel Played teenage Reinaldo in father's "Before Night Falls" (2000)

Stephen Schnabel



University of Houston

Houston , Texas 1969 - 1973

Whitney Museum

New York , New York 1973 - 1974
Was part of independent study program



Directed the biographical film "Miral," starring Freida Pinto as a Palestinian orphan


Directed the concert film "Berlin: Live At St. Ann's Warehouse" featuring Lou Reed


Directed "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly," an adaptation of the French memoir by Jean-Dominique Bauby; earned a DGA nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film; also received an Oscar nomination for Best Director


Directed second film "Before Night Falls," starring Javier Bardem as the Cuban poet and novelist Reinaldo Arenas


Made feature directorial debut with "Basquiat"; also scripted


Released the album Every Silver Lining Has a Cloud on Island Records


Jean-Michel Basquiat died


Schnabel published autobiography, CVJ: Nicknames of Maitre D's & Other Excerpts From Life


First met fellow artist Jean-Michel Basquiat


Participated at the Venice Biennale


Had first one-person show at Mary Boone's Soho art gallery


Received first solo art show at the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston


Studied at Whitney Museum in NYC

Bonus Trivia


When he applied to the independent study program at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, his application included slides of his work sandwiched between two pieces of bread.


His works are featured in the collections of various museums throughout the world, among them the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Museum of Modern Art in New York; The Whitney Museum of American Art; The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Reina Sofia in Madrid and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.


Best known for his "plate paintings"—large-scale paintings set on broken ceramic plates.