After studying fine art, Dine moved to New York in 1959 and became a pioneer of the Happenings performance art movement alongside Allan Kaprow, Claes Oldenburg, Robert Whitman and John Cage. In 1962, his work was displayed as part of the New Painting of Common Objects exhibition widely regarded as one of the first Pop Art moments in the US. Frequently, he affixed common objects to his canvases such as shoes, rope and even bathroom sinks. Later, hearts, Venus, Pinocchio and self-portraits became recurring themes.
In 1980, he was elected to the American Academy and Institute of Arts. Dine now lives and works in Paris and New York.
Photograph courtesy Jim Dine @ Jason Treffry