American multimedia artist Robert Longo began his career studying sculpture under Leonda Finke. In 1972, he began studies at the Accademia di Bella Arti in Florence, then returned to New York and earned his BFA at Buffalo State College in 1975. During his time at Buffalo, he helped to found an avant-garde art gallery in his apartment building that eventually became the Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center.
Much of Longo’s artistic output is drawings, but he also worked in sculpture and printmaking. One of his most famous series is “Men in the Cities,” a collection of drawings and lithographs depicting men and women in professional attire, contorting their bodies in a way that is undefined as either pain or dance.