Painter, printmaker and sculptor, James Rosenquist was born in Grand Forks, North Dakota in 1933. In 1948 he won a scholarship to study at the Minneapolis School of Art and from 1952 to 1955, he attended the University of Minnesota, where he studied painting. Rosenquist moved to New York City in 1955 to study at the Art Students League. From 1957, he earned a living as a commercial artist, painting billboards in Times Square and across the city.
Rosenquist is regarded as an important figure in the development of Pop art in the United States, with his references to mass-produced goods, films, magazines, and other aspects of mass media.