American painter, printmaker and sculptor, Cy Twombly was born in Lexington, VA in 1928. From 1948 to 1951 he studied at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA, at the Museum School in Boston and at the Art Students League in New York. He spent a semester at Black Mountain College in 1951. This period was pivotal for his involvement with Abstract Expressionism.
In 1952 Twombly received a grant from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, enabling him to travel to North Africa, Spain, Italy and France. Twombly settled permanently in Italy in 1959 and has since had numerous one-person exhibitions internationally. He exhibited his work at the Venice Biennale in 1964 and in 1968 the Milwaukee Art Center mounted the first retrospective of his art. In addition, Twombly has been honored at a number of retrospectives at respected institutions such as, the Kunsthaus Zürich (1987), the Musee National d’Art Moderne in Paris (1988), and the Museum of Modern Art in New York (1994). The Cy Twombly Gallery opened in Houston, Texas in 1995.