Born in 1949 in Fargo, N.D., and currently professor of art at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Solien earned a B.A. at Minnesota State University Moorhead (1973) and a M.F.A. from University of Nebraska-Lincoln (1977). Solien has taught studio courses at Ohio State University, The University of Iowa, and Montana State University. He has been on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin from 1997 to the present. Solien is currently a Professor, and a tenured member of the University of Wisconsin faculty. He gained attention for painting, sculpture, and works on paper that combine cartoon-like and surreal imagery with references to art and cultural history, while also exploring his life, mind, and emotional states as a man, artist, husband, and father. Solien has appeared in numerous national group and solo exhibitions at venues that include the Whitney Museum of American Art, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Walker Art Center, Des Moines Art Center, Madison contemporary Art Museum, and the American Center in Paris. His work is held in the collections of the Tate Modern, Whitney Museum, Walker Art Center, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Art Institute of Chicago, National Museum of American Art, the High Museum, Rhode Island School of Design, The Sheldon Museum, The Plains Art Museum, and other public collections. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin with his wife Deborah.