Karl Mann was born in Chicago in 1930. At an early age he was a resident of an orphanage where he remained until his high school years. His graduation marked the end of his formal schooling and initiated an extended period of crisscrossing the country between Los Angeles, Chicago and New York, where he finally settled. He held a series of part time jobs and lived hand to mouth, but it was during this period that he began making mosaics, which would form the foundation for the assemblage aesthetic that he has developed throughout his life. In the 1960s he met Jack Lenor Larsen and under his inspiration began a successful career in interior design. His firm, Karl Mann Associates, pioneered a collage approach to interior design groupings that earned widespread recognition. At the same time, he continued to pursue his own art, in sculpture, collage and hand-made collage books. Entirely self-taught, Mann has followed a distinctive artistic path, combining elements of the work of Robert Rauschenberg, Joseph Cornell, Hannah Hoch and others in order to express the chaos and beauty of contemporary life. Mann’s work has won critical praise and been the subject of important gallery exhibitions. His work is in many private collections. He lives in New York and Bridgehampton with his life partner, the distinguished painter Hector Leonardi.