Bruce Dorfman studied at the Art Students League of New York with Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Arnold Blanch, and Charles H. Alston. He continued his studies at the University of Iowa with Mauricio Lasansky, Stuart Edie, and Roy Sieber, historian. Since 1960, Dorfman has had fifty-six solo exhibitions in New York, across the United States and abroad. Dorfman had his own studio, with an assigned master print assistant in 1968. During that time, he developed friendships with Jose Cuevas, Robert Rauschenberg, Alex Katz, and Francois Gilot, who were all working on editions there. He completed a total of five separate commissions at Mourlot. His work is in museum, corporate, and private collections across the United States, Europe, and Asia.