Ernest Tino Trova was born in St. Louis in 1927. Best known for his signature series, The Falling Man, Trova considered his entire output a single "work in progress.” Trova continued his ad hoc art education, seeking out painter Willem de Kooning and poet Ezra Pound, whose dual influences would heavily impact the young artist’s developing practice and philosophy. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Trova was among the most widely acknowledged sculptors working in the United States, resulting in invitations to exhibit in three Whitney Annuals, three Venice Biennales and Documenta 4 (1968) in Kassel, Germany. His works has been exhibited in dozens of major museums including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. Trova was represented by Pace Gallery from 1963 to 1985, which held his first solo exhibition in April 1963.