Ed Ruscha was born December 16, 1937 in Omaha, Nebraska. He spent most of his formative years in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma before moving to Los Angeles in 1956. There, he studied at the Chouinard Art Institute (now the California Institute of the Arts) under Robert Irwin and Emerson Woelffer. While at Chouinard, he encountered Jasper John’s Target with Four Faces in Print magazine which had a profound effect on him. One of the most iconic artists of the 20th century, his work ranges from paintings to printmaking to photography and is often associated with the Pop art movement due to his use of typography and interest in commercial culture.