American painter and printmaker, Robert Ryman was born in Nashville, Tennessee in 1930. He studied at the Tennessee Polytechnical Institute in Cookville from 1948-1949 then at the George Peabody College for Teachers from 1949 to 1950. He moved to New York in 1950 and made his first monochrome abstract paintings a few years later.
During the late 1960s Ryman began to exhibit regularly. His work was included in the exhibition, “Systemic Painting” at the Soloman R. Guggenheim Museum in New York in 1966. His work is commonly associated with Conceptual Art, but is fundamentally a quest for pictorial expression.