Carl Andre was born September 16, 1935 in Quincy, Massachusetts. Andre attended Quincy public schools from 1941 to 1950, and then studied art at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts from 1951 to 1953, followed by Kenyon College in Gamier, Ohio. After serving in the U.S. Army in North Carolina from 1955 to 1956, Andre moved to New York City. From 1958 to 1960, while in New York, Andre shared a studio space with his fellow Phillips Academy Alumni, Frank Stella.
In 1965, Andre had his first gallery exhibition, curated by Henry Geldzahler at Tibor de Nagy, New York. The following year, Andre's piece, Lever, was included at the Jewish Museum, New York, exhibition Primary Structures. The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum exhibited Andre's first one-man show in 1970. As a leading Minimalist artist, Andre has had numerous retrospectives of his work in museums such as the Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Amsterdam, 1987 and the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, England, 1996.
Carl Andre lives and works in New York.