Jim Dine was born in Ohio. He studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston before receiving his BFA from Ohio University. He was elected to the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, New York and the Akademie der Kunste, Berlin. He currently lives and works in New York City. Dine's arrival in New York coincided with the beginnings of the Pop Art movement and the "Happenings", in which he was an early participant. Dine's accomplishments over a forty year career as a painter, sculptor, printmaker, and photographer have lead to international recognition and acclaim. His emotional, gestured style and recurrent subjects -- his hearts, robes, Venuses, flowers, birds, and portraits -- have yielded images that not only hold very personal significance for the artist, they have become cultural icons. Dine's prolific printmaking career is currently being celebrated in the form of a major retrospective at the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts.