In 1978, a 17 year old Vincent Gallo left home, moved to New York City, and started playing in bands, including ‘Gray’ with artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. While in New York, Vincent also became well known for his very unusual street performances, which were spontaneously executed in public and designed to provoke thought, self-reflection and consciousness.
After watching one of Vincent’s performances, New York Underground filmmaker Eric Mitchell cast Vincent as the lead in his film ‘The Way It Is’ alongside newcomer Steve Buscemi. ‘The Way It Is’ was Vincent’s first appearance in a feature length film, although he had previously directed himself in several short films.
“ Vincent has given over 25 one-man shows of his paintings, including several with famed New York art dealer Annina Nosei, ”
Ever since his early performance art days, Vincent has continued to create very conceptual performance pieces. He has also created his own website, which upon closer examination reveals itself to be a highly conceptual artwork that resonates with his early performance work. Vincent has given over 25 one-man shows of his paintings, including several with famed New York art dealer Annina Nosei, and 4 museum shows including one at the Hara Museum in Tokyo, Japan.
He has also released several musical albums including 3 on the prestigious Warp Records label. He wrote, composed and performed the original music for his films ‘Buffalo 66’, ‘The Agent’, and ‘Promises Written in Water’, and has performed live alongside Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon, John Frusciante and P.J. Harvey.In the 1980s Vincent reached the professional level of Grand Prix motorcycle racing, but has never won a national championship. This talent is displayed in his feature film ‘The Brown Bunny’, in which he plays one of the motorcycle riders.
Vincent has no theatrical agent, manager, assistant or intern. He makes his films without producers, and with extremely scaled down crews. He also distributes his movies himself, and is directly involved in selling his films for distribution.