Ed Ruscha was born in Omaha, Nebraska in December 1937. In 1956, Ruscha moved to Los Angeles and attended Chouinard Art Institute (now CalArts), studying painting, photography, and graphic design. His work is characterized by a keen observance of American popular culture and a deadpan and profound inclusion of text. Ruscha's work is in museums and private collections worldwide. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles.