Tom Wesselmann was born February 23, 1931 in Cincinnati, Ohio. From 1949 to 1951 he studied at the Hiram College in Ohio, before studying psychology at the University of Cincinnati. In 1953, Wesslemann’s studies were interrupted by a two-year enlistment in the army. Upon his return, Wesselmann received his bachelor’s degree in psychology and moved to New York in 1956, where he studied at the Cooper Union School for Arts and Architecture. It was here that Wesselmann redirected his focus towards fine art.