Purvis Young (1943-2010) was one of eight children in his family. He drew and painted as a child, and attended school until the ninth grade. He started to make art again when he was incarcerated for armed robbery. Living in Miami, Florida, he painted hundreds of his paintings on the walls of Goodbread Alley in the Overtown ghetto. He would regularly visit the library to look at the art books. He was particularly inspired by a book on the late 1960s protest murals of Detroit.