Alex Katz

American | Figurative Art

b. 1927

Alex Katz is renowned for his large-scale depictions of landscapes, flowers, and portraits.

Born in Brooklyn, NY, he attended the Cooper Union School where he studied painting under Morris Kantor and was trained in Modern art theories and techniques.Upon graduating in 1949, Katz was awarded a scholarship for summer study at the Skowhegan School for Painting and Sculpture in Maine

In the early 1960s, influenced by films, television, and billboard advertising, Katz began painting large-scale paintings, often with dramatically cropped faces. In 1965, he also embarked on a prolific career in printmaking. In the late 1980s and 1990s, Katz focused much of his attention on large landscape paintings, which he characterizes as “environmental.”

Katz’s flattening of forms, simplification of detail, and wet-on-wet paint application are trademarks of his work.

Today, his works are included in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Tate Modern in London, and the National Gallery in Washington, D.C., among others.