Thomas Nozkowski was born in New Jersey in 1947. He earned his BFA from Cooper Union in New York in 1967. His work has been featured in exhibitions worldwide since the 1970s and is held in the permanent collections of several prominent American museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C. and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. In 2006 Nozkowski was awarded The Academy of Arts and Letters Merit Medal for Painting and in 2007 his work was featured at the Venice Biennale. The artist currently lives and works in New York.