Alex Katz

American, 1927
Alex Katz is an American figurative painter known for his distinctive style of flat, brightly colored portraits and landscapes. He was born on July 24, 1927, in Brooklyn, New York, and grew up in Queens. He studied painting at The Cooper Union in New York City and later earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine.
Katz's early work was influenced by the Abstract Expressionists, but he gradually developed his signature style, which features simplified forms, large areas of color, and crisp lines. He often depicts his subjects, which include friends, family members, and fellow artists, against neutral backgrounds or in natural settings.
Katz's work has been exhibited widely in the United States and abroad, and he has been the subject of numerous retrospectives at major museums. He has also created public art installations, including a 60-foot-tall mural in New York City's subway system. In addition to his painting, Katz has also worked in printmaking, sculpture, and stage design.
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