Jack Youngerman was born in Louisville, Kentucky in 1926. He attended the University of North Carolina, the University of Missouri and the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris.
Youngerman creates illusions using a series of prints based on one geometric form. He uses an undefined background and a central figure that remains constant, with varying colors that create subtle changes in the way the object is seen and its relationship to its surrounding areas.
Youngerman has received innumerable honors, including the National Council of Arts and Sciences Award in 1966, a National Endowment for the Arts Award in 1972 and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1976. From 1950 to 1982 he participated in over sixty-six group shows and had thirty-five solo exhibitions.