T.L. Solien (b. 1949) born in Fargo, North Dakota received his BA in Art from Moorhead State University, Moorhead MN and his MFA in Painting and Sculpture from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Since the late 70’s, Solien’s work has been linked to the continuing evolution of figural painting and has been grouped within the concerns of Neo-Expressionism, Neo- Surrealism, and New Image histories. A self described artist of the “absurdist cultural critique,” Solien’s work is concerned with the contemporary collapse of our culture. Using expressive color and imaginative imagery, he constructs often paradoxical narratives with references to his Scandinavian heritage, family memories, and various references to art and literature of the past. T.L. Solien has received many honors and awards including inclusion in the Whitney Biennial Exhibition in 1983 and the Joan Mitchell Foundation Fellowship in Painting in 2008. His work is included in many private and public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the National Museum of American Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and the Tate Gallery.