He was born in New York in 1945 and studied art at the Brooklyn Museum from 1957 to 1962. He then attended Temple University Tyler School of Fine Arts in Philadelphia where he received his BFA in 1966. During the summer of 1964 he studied in paris with Antonio Frasconi and George McNeil. From 1966 to 1968 he attended the Tyler School of Fine Arts Rome, Italy where he received his MFA in 1968.
Since 1971 Selden has had more than one hundred one man shows around the world, in collaboration with Renato and Giorgio Cardazzo of the Naviglio Gallery in Milano, Italy. He has also had one man shows in the most important art fairs such as Art Basel, Fiac Paris, Arte Fiera Bologna, Chicago Art Fair, Arco Madrid, Art Cologne, Art Forum Zurich. Selden lives and works in Milan and New York.