Robert Rauschenberg (1925-2008) was a prominent member of the American post-war avant- garde and is known for his hybrid sculpture-paintings called Combines. Born in Port Arthur, Texas, he studied at Black Mountain College and the Art Students League of New York. In the 1950s, he created his Combines by incorporating found objects, traditional brush strokes, photographs, and other materials.The artist’s entire career is characterized by this interplay between materials, and he also experimented with silk screenings and solvent transfers on a diverse array of surfaces. He also integrated components of American culture into his works, such as Signs. He continued to experiment with found materials in his painting and printmaking through his career.