Robert Gober was born in 1954 and spent most of his childhood in New England. He studied fine art at Middlebury College in Vermont before finishing his education at the Tyler School of Art in Rome. Gober settled in New York in 1976, and worked as an assistant to Elizabeth Murray for five years. While initially focusing on paintings, Gober transitioned to sculpture in the 1980s, while also experimenting with other types of media including photographs, prints, and other works on paper. Much of Gober’s work blurs the line between different types of media.