Don Bachardy was born in Los Angeles in 1934. He Studied at the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles and the Slade School of Art in London. His first one-man exhibition was held in October 1961 at the Redfern Gallery in London. He has since had many one-man exhibitions in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Houston and New York. More recently, he had an exhibition at Cheim & Read, New York in 2009 and the Huntington Library in San Marino, CA 2004-2005. His works reside in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the M.H. de Young Museum of Art in San Francisco, the University of Texas, Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery, San Marino, California, the University of California, Los Angeles, the Fogg Art Museum of Harvard University, Princeton University, the California State Capitol Building (official portrait of Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr), the Smithsonian Institute, and the National Portrait Gallery in London, England. Six books of his work have been published: three by Twelvetrees press (October (in collaboration with Christopher Isherwood), 1980, One Hundred Drawings, 1983 and Drawings of Male Nude, 1985); a collection of seventy drawings of artists, 70 X 1, published by Illuminati, 1983; Last Drawings of Christopher Isherwood, published by Faber and Faber, 1990 (Great Britain), 1991 (U.S.A.); Short Cuts the Screenplay portraits by Don Bachardy, published by Capra Press, 1993. The seventh Stars in My Eyes, published by the University of Wisconsin Press in November 2000.