Mel Bochner was born in Pittsburg in 1940. He received his BFA in 1962 and an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree in 2005 from the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon University. He lives and works in New York City.

One of the preeminent figures in the history of conceptual art, Mel Bochner has used verbal, mathematical and geometric systems to influence the content of his work since the mid-1960’s. In his “thesaurus paintings,” which debuted at the Whitney Biennial in 2004, he explores the intersection of linguistic and visual representation: word chains intertwine painting and language using colour.

Featured in dozens of exhibitions and part of many more group exhibitions, Bochner’s work can be found in collections from around the world including MOCA Los Angeles, the Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris, France, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, NY and the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH.

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