Mel Bochner was born in Pittsburgh, PA in 1940 and lives and works in New York, NY. He received a BFA degree with a major in painting and a minor in philosophy from the Carnegie Institute of Technology, Pittsburgh, PA in 1962. He taught aesthetics, art history and sculpture at the School of Visual Arts, New York, NY from 1965-1972 and in 2001 he was the Adjunct Professor at Yale University, New Haven, CT. His first one-man exhibition was held at the School of Visual Arts Gallery, New York, NY in 1966. In 2018 he participated in the 57th Edition of the Carnegie International, Pittsburgh, PA.
His work has been the subject of many solo museum exhibitions, most recently, Amazing! Mel Bochner Prints from the Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his Family Foundation, Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, OH (2018); Mel Bochner: Illustrating Philosophy, Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, South Hadley, MA (2015); Mel Bochner: Strong Language, Jewish Museum, New York, NY (2014); Mel Bochner: If the Colour Changes, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK (2012), which travelled to Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany (2013) and Fundação de Serralves, Porto, Portugal (2013) and In the Tower: Mel Bochner, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. (2011).
His work is included in major public and private collections internationally, including Tate, London, UK; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France; Städel Museum, Frankfurt, Germany; Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Montreal, Canada; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, NY; National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA; Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles, CA and Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles, CA.