Richard Prince was born August 6, 1949 in the Panama Canal Zone, then a United States territory. Prince relocated to Braintree, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston in 1954. In 1973, after applying to the San Francisco Art Institute without success, he moved to New York where he worked at the Time-Life Building as a preparer of magazine clippings. During this time, he became familiar with Conceptual art and realized the possibility of imagery from mass media, advertising and entertainment.
Although formally trained as painter, it was Prince's collages that truly commanded the attention of the art world. Deliberately creating an artificial look, Prince rephotographed and juxtaposed found advertising images. As an Appropriation artist, using borrowed elements to create new art, Prince redefined the concept of authorship and ownership.
Since his first solo exhibition at Artists Space in New York in 1980, Prince has had shows at numerous museums such as, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Museum Haus Lange, Krefeld, Germany, and the MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles. In 2007 The Solomon R. Guggenheim, New York, exhibited a critical overview of the artist's work entitled, Richard Prince: Spiritual America.
Richard Prince currently lives and works in New York.