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Born in Cody, Wyoming, in 1912, Pollock had an itinerant, hardscrabble childhood. At the age of 18, he moved to New York City to study with the American Regionalist painter Thomas Hart Benton at the Art Students League. After a few years, he began to lose interest in Benton's realist style, turning instead to the Mexican muralists José Clemente Orozco and David Alfaro Siqueiros. In 1936, Siqueiros set up a workshop in New York, where Pollock became acquainted with new techniques and materials, including dripped enamel paint. In the short run, however, he responded most strongly to the Mexicans' often erotically charged imagery of violent struggle.