Jene Highstein was born in Baltimore Maryland in 1942. He earned a BA in philosophy from the University of Maryland in 1963. He completed post-graduate work in philosophy at the University of Chicago and went on to study drawing at the New York Studio School before earning his Post Graduate Degree from the Royal Academy Schools, London in 1970. In the late 1960s he turned his attention to sculpture, in which he continues to work. Highstein has received a number of awards, including four National Endowment for the Arts grants, a Guggenheim Award and a St. Gauden's Memorial Prize. He currently lives and works in New York, where he has also taught at the New York School of Visual Arts as well as NYU.