Cesar Conde is a Filipino-American painter based in Chicago who uses old world technique using modern materials to paint his realistic portraits. He was primarily self-taught until traveling to Italy to study at Angel Academy of Art in Florence with John Michael Angel, who apprenticed for Pietro Annigoni. He also studied with Master Painter of Technique Mixte, Patrick Betaudier, in his atelier in Monflanquin, France. Conde’s influences are Carravaggio, Rembrandt, and Goya. Conde continues to learn and explore the infinite possibilities of painting.
Conde’s series “In The Hood – Portraits of African American Professionals Wearing a Hoodie” won the first Paul Collins Diversity Award at ArtPrize 2014. His current work "The Bang Bang Project" started November 2014 after the acquittal of the police officer who shot Michael Brown. He was an artist in residence sponsored by Hebru at Lacuna Artist’s Lofts and also had a residency in Monastir, Tunisia. Conde has exhibited in museums and galleries nationally and internationally. He is currently in a group exhibit in Taipei and has participated in Miami Art Basel 2013 and 2014. His work is also exhibited at The Field Museum in Chicago sponsored by a grant from The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in a show called “Art and Anthropology: Portrait of the Object as Filipino”. Conde's works are in corporate and private collections, most recently acquired by Grand Valley State University.