Larry R. Collins was born in 1945 in Spokane, Washington, and raised in Del City, Oklahoma. His artistic career began at age 17 when Dorothy Miller, former curator at MoMA in New York, selected one of his abstract paintings for an important regional exhibition at the Oklahoma Art Center. After receiving his BFA from the University of Oklahoma in 1967 he was drafted into the Army and sent to Vietnam. During the war he served as an infantryman and a combat illustrator.
Collins received his MFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 1980. He has been an adjunct professor at the University of NH, Montserrat College of Art, and MassArt. Larry Collins has exhibited internationally, and his paintings, drawings, photographs, and artist's books are included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, International Center of Photography, Sheldon Art Museum, New York Public Library, Wadsworth Atheneum, Worcester Art Museum, PAAM, and others. He has collaborated on limited-edition books with poets Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and Eileen Myles.