Carl Ripoli was an artist and writer born in Battle Creek, Michigan. He studied at the American Academy of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago, afterwards embarking on a career as a professional artist working exclusively in watercolor of abstract expressionism. He gave up art in the mid-1960s to pursue deeper interests in vegetarianism and other related areas of study such as natural farming and free market economics. Afterwards, he labored on one book he planned titling Utopia to show the inter-relationship between natural processes, the problems faced by modern society, and their fundamental solutions based around natural principles, but never completed. He died in 1992 in Chicago, Illinois.