Alex Katz was born on July 24, 1927 in New York. His paintings are classified as Modern Realism and Pop Art.
After studying at the Cooper Union Art School in New York, Katz trained at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. Between 1960 and 1964 he also worked as a set and costume designer for the Paul Taylor Dance Company.
Alex Katz had his first solo exhibition in 1954 at the Roko Gallery in New York. However, it was not until the early 1970s that international recognition and success as a painter came along with a Guggenheim scholarship.
REDUCTION TO THE ESSENTIALS
Katz’s paintings are mostly larger-than-life portraits, characterized by a strong stylization and reduction to the essentials of facial features. Alex Katz often chooses his wife as a model for his paintings. In addition to portraits, Alex Katz also paints landscapes, which are characterized by monochrome backgrounds and large-scale, stencil-like design.