Art Green was born in Frankfort, Indiana in 1941. He attended the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, graduating in 1965.
In 1966, Green participated in the first 'Hairy Who' exhibition organized by Don Baum at the Hyde Park Art Center. He also participated in two Phalanx shows at the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1965, as well as the 1968 Chicago & Vicinity Exhibition at the Art Institute.
In 1969, Green moved to Canada and took up a position teaching at The University of Waterloo for over thirty years.
Green’s paintings are highly complex compositions characterized by many layers, colours, and manipulation of space.
Recently he has exhibited at the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery in Kitchener in 2005, a solo show at the Stride Gallery in Calgary, Alberta in 2008, and a solo exhibition at the CUE Foundation in New York in 2009.
His work is in the collections of the Art Institute, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the National Gallery of Canada, the Museum Moderner Kunst in Vienna, and the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago.
In 1991, he was awarded the Distinguished Teacher Award at the University of Waterloo. In 1999, he was elected to Membership of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, and in 2004, he was awarded the Waterloo Regional Arts Council Arts Award for Visual Art.