American, b.1962. John Currin is an American contemporary painter who built an individualistic identity through his satirical representation of humor, innocence and sexuality, skillfully created using his classical painting techniques. His style developed as a reaction against the prevalent works of his times, which predominantly explored masculine subjects. In an age when political themes were rampant, Currin, as his contradiction, pictured bold depictions of stylized horses, nude females, misshapen caricatures, and realistic portraits of individuals and couples. He cited controversial magazines like Playboy and Danish pornography from the internet as inspiration for his provocative, largely sexual and socially themed artworks which garnered appreciation and repel uniformly.