Born in 1949, Ross Bleckner is an American artist from New York City. Bleckner's work frequently hovers between abstraction and image, with objects coming in and out of focus. Playing with repeated geometric forms that reference minimalist and op art legacies, his work often addresses themes of memory, loss, and the human body. 

Bleckner is the youngest artist ever to have a solo exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. His series of "stripes" paintings in the 1980s revitalized interest in Op art. He has a B.A. from New York University (1971) and an M.F.A. from the California Institute of the Arts (1973). He is also Jewish, gay, and an activist for AIDS organizations.