Robert Mangold was born in 1937 in upstate New York and received his MFA from Yale in 1963. He received the National Endowment of the Arts Visual Arts Fellowship and the Skowhegan Medal for Painting from Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. He currently lives and works in upstate New York. His work investigates compositional relationships within each image, and the relationship between the image and its ground. In his prints, Mangold sets up opposing relationships between geometrical shapes and lines positioned against muted backgrounds.