24.07.1927 (Brooklyn, New York)
Alex Katz is an American figurative artist associated with the Pop Art movement. He is known for his paintings, sculptures and prints, mostly large-scale and often with dramatically cropped faces or groups of figures. Katz is born in New York in 1927 and he had his first one-person show at the age of 27, which was an exhibition of paintings at the Roko Gallery in New York in 1954. However, it was not until he was 80 years old that he broke out of obscurity. Currently he is considered a major American painter. Katz has received numerous accolades throughout his career, the most recent being in 2007, when he was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy Museum, New York. In 2008 he was the subject of a documentary directed by Heinz Peter Schwerfel, entitled What About Style? Alex Katz: a Painter's Painter. Furthermore, Katz is represented by numerous galleries internationally.