The American artist Alex Katz has made multiple significant contributions to the development of contemporary art. Known for his distinctive style of painting, he is among the most acclaimed artists, whose works replenish art exhibitions around the world. Katz’s artworks represent a perfect combination of Pop Art and Minimalism, making them differ from so many other pieces of contemporary art. Let's find out more about this amazing artist.
Alex Katz (b. 1927) began to develop an intense interest in art from early childhood. After graduating from the Cooper Union in New York, he continued his studies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. The latter exposed Alex Katz to painting from life, which was a turning point for him in becoming an artist. However, during his first ten years of work, Katz destroyed a great number of his paintings in an attempt to find his own style. Luckily, he finally did it, and now we all can enjoy the mastery of this gifted artist.
Fabulous art by Alex Katz
Alex Katz's paintings are easily recognizable by their heightened colors and bold simplicity. His style of painting is inherently straightforward. Rather than beating around the bush, Katz tries to convey his message plain and simple.
Alex Katz works in a range of genres, from landscape to portraiture. The latter occupies a special place in the artist’s career. Over the years, he has created numerous portraits of family members, artists, writers, and New York society leaders, often with dramatically cropped faces. His works are inspired by life and people. This is probably the reason why many people see them as realistic, but the artist himself considers this term as quite delusional. "People think that what they see is real and for ever. But it’s not true. What you see is conditioned by your culture," he says.
Anyway, works by Alex Katz are iconic. They play an important role in the development of contemporary art, making Katz one of the most celebrated artists of today.
Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons User Alex Katz / CC BY-SA 2.5