Using flat expanses of vibrant, captivating colors, Alex Katz's landscapes and portraits resonate with the sleek visual style often seen in advertising billboards and films. This prolific artist is notably recognized for his extensive body of work featuring Ada, his wife and muse, prominently in his paintings.
Katz developed his signature style as a reaction against the Abstract Expressionism that dominated the mid–20th century, when he began painting. Instead, he embraced narrative, figurative clarity and the accessible pleasures of Pop art.
Katz studied at Cooper Union in New York and spent a summer learning plein air painting at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. His work has been exhibited across the globe, including at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the National Portrait Gallery in London, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, the Fosun Foundation in Shanghai and more. His work belongs to multiple public collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Brooklyn Museum, the National Gallery of Art and the Smithsonian Institution.