Kenneth Noland was born in Asheville, North Carolina in 1924. In 1942 he joined the United States Air Force and four years later, when he was discharged, he took advantage of the G.I. Bill to study art at the Black Mountain College in North Carolina. He learned of Neo-plasticism under Ilya Bolotowsky and studied Bauhaus theory from courses taught by Josef Albers. He became interested in Paul Klee’s work and its’ sensitivity to color.
With funding from the G.I. Bill once more, Noland traveled to Paris in 1948. While in France he studied sculpture in Ossip Zadkine’s studio and was exposed to Miro, Picasso and Matisse. He had his first solo show at the Galerie Raymond Creuze in 1949. During the 1960s Noland experimented with the manipulation of color vision and afterimages, thus placing himself in the field of Op Art.