Robert Indiana was born Robert Clark in New Castle, Indiana – USA on September 13, 1928. His artistic talent was evident at an early age, and its recognition by a first grade teacher encouraged his decision to become an artist. In 1942 Indiana moved to Indianapolis in order to attend Arsenal Technical High School, known for its strong arts curriculum. After graduating he spent three years in the U.S. Air Force and then studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Skowhegan School of Sculpture and Painting in Maine, and the Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland. Indiana quickly gained repute as one of the most creative artists of his generation, and was featured in influential New York shows.
Best known for his iconic LOVE series, which has been reproduced in formats ranging from large public sculptures to postage stamps, Robert Indiana explores the American experience using everyday objects and language. With his hard-edge painting, bold colors, and popular imagery, he is often associated with Pop art, but Indiana rejects this label; indeed, beyond the visual lightheartedness are levels of personal and political meaning which are often dark or critical. His work integrates non-art materials, ordinary language, and commercially-inspired graphic designs with more traditional elements of fine art, elevating the viewer’s daily experience and folding it into a history of art and American identity.
In addition to being a painter and sculptor, Indiana has created a significant number of prints, among them the Numbers Portfolio (1968), a collaboration with the poet Robert Creeley, as well as many other works of graphic art.
Robert Indiana is without a doubt one of America’s most famous living Pop artists today. His artwork has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions around the world, and are in the permanent collections of important museums. He has also been included in numerous international publications, and is the subject of a number of monographs.