Robert Kipniss was born in New York City in 1931. His love of art was quickly fostered and nurtured, in large part due to his parents, both of whom were also artists. He began honing his craft at New York City’s acclaimed Art Students League in 1947.
During his college years, Kipniss wavered between focusing his attention on an education in literature and one in fine art. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of Iowa in 1952 and earned a Master of Fine Arts in Painting and Art History from the same school in 1954.