Willem de Kooning was from Rotterdam, Netherlands. He moved to New York in the year 1927 - when he was 23. He was born on April 24, 1904. Kooning died on March 19th, 1997. He spearheaded a movement that is now known as the abstract expressionist movement. He didn’t serve in either world war, but after World War II is when he really began working with what’s called abstract expressionism.
It’s also called action painting. The point of this kind of painting is to show movement, to show how it affects something else. He found the time to develop this technique by participating in the Federal Arts Movement in the 1930s. He participated in that for a couple of years until it was dismantled.