Born in New York City, artist John Ross (1921- 2017) began his extensive artistic training at Cooper Union and the Parsons School of Design in New York. In 1948, he traveled to Fontainebleau, France, enrolling in the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. Returning to the US in 1950, he enrolled at the New School for Social Research and took courses at Columbia University. Ross was able to remain a prolific artist as well as an influential professor throughout his long career. For nearly twenty years, he was Professor and Chair of Studio Art at Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York. In addition, he taught printmaking at the New School University in New York City for over fifty years.
He established High Tide Press, a fine art publishing venture with Clare Romano, in 1991. High Tide would produce nineteen volumes of artists' books by John Ross. Recipient of multiple prestigious grants throughout his lifetime, his work is held in several prominent museum collections, including the Library of Congress, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Academy of Design, the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.