Robert Heinecken was born on October 29, 1931 in Denver, Colorado. Prior to attending the University of California, Los Angeles in 1959, he was a fighter pilot in the U.S. Marine Corp from 1953-1957. Heinecken was most known for his appropriation and re-processing of images from magazines, packaging, and television. Heinecken went on to found the graduate program for photography at UCLA in 1964. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1976, and he received numerous grants including the National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artists Grant in 1977, 1981 and 1986 and Polaroid Corporation grants in 1984, 1985, and 1988. He has had over sixty solo exhibitions internationally, including the Center of Creative Photography, at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. Heinecken died on May 18, 2006 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
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