Post-abstraction artist best known for creating installation art in parks, museums, and various other urban locales. His first exhibit, a series of hand-held objects he painted, appeared at the Ferus Gallery in 1959.
He served in the United States Army before studying at several art schools, including Otis Art Institute, Jepson Art Institute, and Chouinard Art Institute. He also traveled Europe and North Africa.
He's earned numerous accolades for his work, including an MacArthur Fellowship and a AGuggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts.
His parents, Robert Irwin and Goldie Anderberg Irwin, were residing in Long Beach, California, when he was born.
He and Lelia Josefowicz were both awarded MacArthur Fellowships.