Ed Rath was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. After completing his education at the Minneapolis College of Art & Design and the Yale University School of Art, he moved to New York City in 1977.
Since 1980 he has participated in over seventy five group shows and produced twenty three solo shows. He has shown his work in Austria, Japan, South Korea, New York, and throughout the USA, and has published three books about his art work. He lives and paints in Brooklyn, New York.