Robert Indiana, born Robert Clark, was born in Indiana in 1928. He moved to New York in 1954 and joined the Pop Art movement. He used distinct imagery drawing on commercial art but gravitated towards a combination of sculpture and poetry.
Indiana held his first solo exhibit in 1962 at a gallery in New York. He is best known for his use of simple and iconic images, bold colors, numbers and short words. "LOVE" became his most famous creation starting in 1964 when he created a Christmas card for the Museum of Modern Art. He later created a stamp in 1973 with the same image for the United States Postal Service. His "LOVE" sculptures can be found a various locations throughout the U.S. Indiana also created the same image in Hebrew ("Ahava") in 1977. A large scuplture of the piece stands in Jerusalem at the Israel Museum.
His most recent creation, similar to "LOVE," was in 2008 when he constructed "HOPE" for the Barack Obama campaign. All the proceeds were donated to help fund Obama's presidential campaign.
His works are in the permanent collections of numerous museums including the Whitney, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Carnegie Institute.