Renowned for his large-scale paintings combining images from advertising and mass media with vibrant color and abstraction, Rosenquist has been credited with creating a unique brand of conceptual realism. One of the key figures in the Pop Art movement, his complex narratives of recognizable imagery are firmly situated in the cultural and political contexts in which they are made. Throughout his career, Rosenquist has worked in a range of diverse mediums, and has produced a broad array of drawings and collages in addition to his painted works and prints.
Born in 1933 in North Dakota, James Rosenquist studied art at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the University of Minnesota, and the Art Student’s League in New York. Rosenquist has received numerous honors including the Art in American Young Talent Painter in 1963, a six-year appointment to the Board of the National Council on the Arts in 1978, and nominated as a member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters in 1987. Since his first early career retrospective in 1972, he has been the subject of numerous solo gallery and museum exhibitions internationally. Rosenquist lives and works in Aripeka, Florida, and New York City.