Fischl earned his BFA from the California Institute for the Arts in 1972. His paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints have been the subject of numerous solo and major group exhibitions, including solo exhibitions at Mary Boone Gallery, Gagosian Gallery, the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg (Germany), Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio (Bologna, Italy), Jablonka Gallery (Zurich), and the Delaware Center of Contemporary Art, and group shows at MoMA, the Whitney Museum, the Denver Art Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Musee d’Art Americain (Giverny, France), the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. His work is represented in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum, MoMA, MoCA Los Angeles, the St. Louis Art Museum, the Louisiana Museum of Art in Denmark, Musée Beaubourg in Paris, and the Paine Weber Collection. Fischl is a Fellow at both the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Science, and a Board Member at the New York Academy of Art. He is represented by Skarsedt Gallery.