American, 1933 - 2017
Rosenquist was born in 1933 in Grand Forks, North Dakota. He studied at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts as a teenager and at the University of Minnesota between 1952 and 1954. He moved to New York to study at the Art Students League on scholarship in 1955. After one year he left school and for the next few years he supported himself as a commercial artist, painting billboards in Times Square and other locations in New York City. By 1960 he applied sign- painting techniques to large-scale paintings. In 1962 he had his first solo exhibition at the Green Gallery in New York, and afterward was part of group exhibitions that solidified Pop art as a movement. He achieved international acclaim in 1965 with room-scale painting F-111.