Richard Prince was born on August 6, 1949, in the Panama Canal Zone. Prince grew up and moved to New York in 1973. He began to photograph pages of advertising and identify typologies. Prince currently lives and works in upstate New York.
As a kid, his parents worked for the United States Office of Strategic Services.
He is an American artist known for his use of imagery. Prince uses photographs taken from consumer culture. He uses photography to blur the line between reality and artifice.
His famous series Cowboys was pulled from Marlboro cigarette ads. His works are currently held in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Prince was also involved in the downtown New Wave scene at this time. He played in bands and was a regular at rock venues such as the Mudd Club.
Working in the Time-Life Building as a preparer of magazine clippings, he became aware of the possibilities of advertising imagery.