Robert Indiana was a predominant figure in the American art of the 1960s, where he contributed to the vibrant Pop Art movement. His artistic style also made assemblage art and hand-edge painting popular techniques of the era. While Indiana is known as one of the most prominent Pop artists, he distinguished himself from others by injecting his work with political messages and addressing social issues.
Born as Robert Clark in New Castle, Indiana, he exhibited artistic talent as a young child. After graduating high school and serving in the U.S. Air Force, Indiana went on to study at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Skowhegan School of Sculpture and Painting in Maine, and the Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland.
Indiana began an art residency in Manhattan and quickly grew a glimmering reputation in the New York art scene. His career catapulted to an even greater height when he created his LOVE image. Originally a print for the Museum of Modern Art's 1965 Christmas card, the block text was later adapted into a sculpture and was even emblazoned on stamps for United States Postal Service in the early 1970s. From Philadelphia to Singapore to Aventura, there are 50 renditions of the LOVE sculpture around the world.