Dan Flavin was an American minimalist artist known for his pioneering work in fluorescent light sculpture. He was born on April 1, 1933, in New York City and grew up on the Upper West Side. Flavin attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Columbia University, where he studied art history and studio art.

Flavin’s early work included abstract paintings and drawings, but he is best known for his use of commercially available fluorescent light fixtures as sculptural elements. He began experimenting with fluorescent light in the early 1960s, creating simple arrangements of colored fluorescent tubes that were often installed directly onto walls or in corners.

Flavin’s work was characterized by its use of industrial materials and its exploration of the effects of light and color in architectural space. His sculptures often transformed the viewer’s perception of their surroundings, creating immersive environments of glowing color.

Throughout his career, Flavin continued to refine and expand upon his use of fluorescent light, creating works of varying scale and complexity. He produced numerous site-specific installations for galleries, museums, and public spaces around the world.

Dan Flavin’s work has had a profound influence on the development of contemporary art, particularly in the realms of minimalism and installation art. His innovative use of fluorescent light as a sculptural medium continues to inspire artists and captivate audiences to this day. Flavin passed away on November 29, 1996, but his legacy as a pioneering artist in the realm of light and space art remains enduring.