Edward Ruscha was born in Omaha, Nebraska, and raised in Oklahoma City. In 1956 he moved with his good friend, the musician Mason Williams, to Los Angeles where he has lived ever since. Once in Los Angeles, Ruscha regularly travelled between California and Oklahoma and his experiences of the road and of the city of Los Angeles have always provided rich material for his art, which features images of roads and roadside culture, the western horizon, Angeleno architecture and, especially, words: the Hollywood sign, title pages of comic books and his own artist’s books, vernacular expressions and clichés.

Soon after first arriving in Los Angeles, Ruscha enrolled at the Chouinard Art Institute, where he studied until 1960. Chouinard (now the Californian Institute of the Arts or “Cal Arts”) has become one of the most highly regarded of the many art schools in Los Angeles.
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