Vito Acconci was born in 1940 in New York, USA. In 1962 he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Literature from Holy Cross College, Worcester. In 1964 he earned a Master of Arts degree in the same subject from the University of Iowa. He has taught at the Novia Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifex, at Yale University and the Parsons School of Design, New York. Vito Acconci lived and worked in New York, where he died in 2017.