Sol LeWitt graduated in 1949 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Syracuse University. He later served in the army in Japan and Korea. Afterwards he settled in New York to paint and work as a commercial designer. In 1962 he abandoned painting to experiment with three-dimensional objects and began his series of simple forms with predetermined logical systems.
In 1967 LeWitt wrote his influential article “Paragraphs on Conceptual Art,” followed by “Sentences on Conceptual Art.” These articles presented the issues behind Conceptual art and offered insights into the method that has guided LeWitt’s work. He has taught at various schools in New York, including the Museum of Modern Art School, Cooper Union, the School of Visual Arts, and New York University.
Since 1980 he has lived part of each year in Spoleto, Italy, not far from the famous Italian frescoes of Assisi.