Fred Sandback was born in 1943 in Bronxville, New York. He received a Bachelor’s degree in philosophy at Yale University. He also studied sculpture with Donald Judd and Robert Morris at the Yale University School of Art and Architecture. His first solo exhibitions were at the Galerie Konrad Fischer in Düsseldorf and the Galerie Heiner Friederich in Munich in 1968. After these first exhibitions, he exhibited widely both in the United States and abroad.
In 1968 Sandback’s work was included in the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Annual exhibition. He also participated in the Biennale of Sydney in 1976 and the Biennale Exhibition of American Artists at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1979. The DIA Art Foundation initiated and maintained a museum of Sandback’s work in 1981 and in 1996, the Fred Sandback Museum in Winchedon, Massachusetts opened. The DIA Art Foundation presented exhibitions of his works in 1988 and 1996-1997.