Cesar Conde, a product of Filipino diaspora, landed on Chicago’s west side at the age of 9. The following year, he relocated to Washington where he participated in Seattle’s first school busing integration program and had his first experiences with racism. Often bullied and picked on for his size, color and accent, Cesar relied on silence and invisibility. These early experiences ignited Conde's passion for justice and planted the seeds for him to become a contemporary painter dealing with relevant social issues. Conde's large scale photo-realistic paintings address the systemic racism and violence faced by people of color, often at the hands of the ones entrusted to "protect and serve". His work demands empathy for the victims and places the viewer in their shoes. Cesar studied at Angel Academy of Art in Florence, Italy. He also studied with the French master, Patrick Betaudier in his atelier in southern France and with Ed Hinkley in Chicago. He has exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently at Purdue University; The Field Museum, Chicago; and the Museo de Arte Moderno in Turin, Italy. His artwork has been exhibited in France, Italy, Mexico, Philippines, Taiwan, Germany and across the U.S.A. Cesar currently resides in Chicago, Illinois.