Biography of Alex Katz
Alex Katz (born 1927 in New York, US) is an American painter, sculptor, and printmaker celebrated for his figurative paintings. The artist has a varied oeuvre, ranging from large landscape paintings to figure studies, marine scenes, and flowers. However, he is perhaps best known for his documentation of the social happenings that surround him. Additionally, he is widely recognized for his role as a precursor to the Pop Art movement.
Since 1951 Katz's work has been the subject of more than 200 solo exhibitions and nearly 500 group exhibitions internationally. Retrospectives at the Whitney Museum of American Art (1986) and the Brooklyn Museum of Art (1988) led to major exhibitions of Katz's landscape and portrait painting in Europe and the United States, and his work features in over 100 public collections worldwide. The artist has received a steady stream of honors throughout his career, including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy Museum, New York (2007); the Cooper Union Annual Artist of the City Award (2000); the Queens Museum of Art Award for Lifetime Achievement and an Award for Art in Public Places (1985), to name only a few. He currently lives and works in New York and Maine.