An American painter, Norman Bluhm was born in Chicago in 1921 and lived in Italy as a child for eight years. He briefly studied architecture before attending the Illinois Institute of Technology where he studied with Mies van der Rohe. He moved to Paris in 1947 to attend the Ecole des Beaux- Arts where he encountered the Bauhaus philosophy. Bluhm was a member of the Air Force and served in WWII, after which he lived in Paris with other American expatriate writers and artists. He moved to New York in 1956 and befriended other painters and writers, among them Frank Ohara, William de Kooning, Jackson Pollack and Franz Kline. His first museum show took place at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C. in 1969 and he has since exhibited throughout the United States and Europe.