Jasper Johns was born on May 15, 1930 in Augusta, Georgia, United States. He is the son of Jasper Johns and Jean (Riley) Johns. The painter was a year old when his mother left his alcoholic father. Jasper was raised by his paternal grandparents when his parents divorced. He was nine years old when he lost his grandfather, and thereafter, he was shuttled back and forth between his mother and various relatives on his father's side.