Wallace Berman was born in Staten Island, New York in 1926. He attended the Chouinard Art Instituteand the Jepson Art School. He worked in a furniture finishing factory when he started creating sculptures from wood scraps. When he moved to California he created a magazine called Seminawhich contained poetry, photographs, texts, drawings and images. His artwork is exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He worked until his death in Topanga Canyon, California in 1976.