T.L. Solien, born in Fargo, North Dakota in 1949, earned a BA in Art from Moorhead State University (Moorhead, MN) in 1973, and an MFA in Painting and Sculpture from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1977. Since the late 1970s, Solien's work has been linked to the continuing evolution of figural painting, and has been grouped within the concerns of Neo-Expressionism, Neo- Surrealism, and New Image histories.
Solien is represented in numerous public collections including, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Walker Art Center, High Museum of Art, Plains Art Museum, Chazen Museum of Art, the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Milwaukee Museum of Art, Indiana University Art Museum, University of Iowa Museum of Art, and New York University. He is represented by Luise Ross Gallery in New York and Tory Folliard Gallery in Milwaukee.