Donald Baechler studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore from 1974 to 1977, and later at Cooper Union in New York. Starting in 1978 Baechler attended a two-year course at the Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Frankfurt. When Baechler returned to the US, the neo-expressionist movement had gained popularity and he then came to assume a leading role in the movement with other artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat.
Baechler’s art was strongly influenced by pop artist Andy Warhol. His contemporary art clearly reflects a combination of innocence and sophistication. Baechler makes use of exuberant colors to create energetic images through which he has strongly contributed to neo- expressionistic painting by incorporating symbols and commercial icons into his works.