Born in 1944 in Teaneck, New Jersey, Nozkowski studied art in high school and was awarded a scholarship to attend weekly art classes at New York University. He attended Cooper Union, graduating in 1967, and did some work for Mad magazine, eventually integrating lessons gleaned from the publication’s illustrators into his art practice. His first appearance in a group exhibition came in 1973 at the Betty Parsons Gallery, in a show titled “New Talent,” and before the end of the decade he had his solo debut at 55 Mercer Gallery. He’s been represented by Pace since 2007, and had six solo shows there, most recently in 2018. That exhibition, “16 x 20,” featured paintings spanning four decades but all made in the same, titular dimensions, showcasing his evolving use of color and geometry.