Cy Twombly’s work is often large-scale and includes paintings, drawings, and sculptures. His work is characterized by its densely packed imagery, bold colors, and frenetic energy. Twombly’s work has been compared to that of Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning.
Twombly was born in Lexington, Virginia. He studied at the Boston Museum School and the Virginia Military Institute. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War. After his discharge, he moved to New York City where he studied at the Art Students League.
Twombly’s early work was influenced by Abstract Expressionism and Surrealism. He later developed his own unique style that incorporated elements of both movements. Twombly’s work was first shown in a solo exhibition in 1951. His work has since been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions worldwide.
Cy Twombly died in Rome, Italy on July 5, 2011.