American, 20th century, male.
Born 1942, in Salem (Arkansas); died 25 May 1994.
Draughtsman, painter, graphic artist, assemblage artist, illustrator, set designer.
Joe Brainard was born in Salem but grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where his family had moved when he was still a young boy. His father was an amateur painter and draughtsman and his grandfather a poet, and Brainard's artistic talent showed early when he began winning local competitions. In high school he met the aspiring poets Ron Padgett and Dick Gallup, with whom he founded ...