Ed Ruscha was born in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1937 and raised in Oklahoma City. In 1956 he moved to Los Angeles to attend the Chouinard Art Institute and he currently lives and works in Los Angeles.

Ruscha's numerous solo exhibitions include Ed Ruscha: Fifty Years of Painting, Hayward Gallery, London (2009); Ed Ruscha, Photographer, Jeu de Paume, Paris (2006); Ed Ruscha, United States representative, 51st Venice Biennale (2005); Cotton Puffs, Q-tips®, Smoke and Mirrors: The Drawings of Ed Ruscha, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2004); Ed Ruscha and Photography, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2004); Ed Ruscha, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2004); Edward Ruscha: Made in Los Angeles, Palacio de Velázquez, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid (2002); Ed Ruscha, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C. (2000); Edward Ruscha/Romance With Liquids, Gagosian Gallery, New York (1993); Ed Ruscha, Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (1989); 4 x 6, Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster, Germany (1986); The Works of Edward Ruscha, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (1982); Edward Ruscha: Prints and Publications 1962 - 74, Arts Council of Great Britain, London (1975); Ed Ruscha: Drawings, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York (1973); Edward Ruscha (Ed-werd Rew-shay) Young Artist, Minneapolis Institute of Arts (1972); and Edward Ruscha, Ferus Gallery, Los Angeles (1963).

Group exhibitions include Critical Perspectives in American Art, United States Pavilion, 37th Venice Biennale (1976); Documenta 5, Museum Friedericianum, Kassel, Germany (1972); Chocolate Room, United States Pavilion, 35th Venice Biennale (1970); Environment U.S.A.: 1957 - 1967, Ninth Bienal de São Paulo (1967); and Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Painting, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (1967).

Photo of Ed Ruscha by Dennis Hopper