Alex Katz was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1927. He studied modern art theories and techniques under Morris Kantor at Manhattan’s Cooper Union Art School and graduated in 1949. His first solo exhibition was at the Roko Gallery in 1954. Associated with the New York school in the 1950s, he also dabbled in collage, portraiture, and eventually Pop Art. During the 1960s, his work focused on large scale portraits and print-making. In the ‘80s and ‘90s, his work often dealt with large scale landscapes. His art has been shown in over 200 solo exhibitions and 500 group exhibitions internationally since 1951, and at such prestigious institutions as New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art, London’s Saatchi Gallery, and Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts.