Ross Bleckner (born May 12, 1949) is an American artist. He was born in New York City and grew up in Hewlett, L.I. He currently lives and works in New York City.In 1965 a viewing of The Responsive Eye, the first exhibit he ever saw, made a huge impact on him. He decided to become an artist and went on to study with Sol LeWitt and Chuck Close during his time at New York University where, in 1971,he graduated with a BA. He then went on to earn an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 1973."'I always absolutely thought there was a difference between being a young artist and an important young artist,'"