Robert Indiana (born Robert Clark) was born in New Castle, Indiana on September 13, 1928. In 1953, Indiana received a degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and in 1954, attended the Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland. In 1956, Indiana moved to New York, where he became a part of the Pop Art movement. He began to paint in a geometric, hardedge style, blending commercial art and existentialism. While in New York, Indiana worked with artist Andy Warhol, creating Eat, a film of Indiana eating a mushroom.
With his first New York solo exhibition at Eleanor Ward's Stable Gallery in 1962, Indiana began a long career of showcasing his works in over 30 museums and galleries, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Museum of Modern Art, New York, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California, Hirshhorn Museum, Washington D.C., and the Stedelijk Museum, Schiedam, The Netherlands.