Born in Hartford, Connecticut, Donald Baechler attended Maryland Institute, College of Art in Baltimore and later Cooper Union in New York, where he studied with Hans Haacke. He currently lives and works in New York City.
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 and prints are condensed versions of that cumulative process, built in fragments and layers to create what Baechler calls an "illusion of history." The artist cites Cy Twombly and Giotto as his primary influences.