The American painter, sculptor and printmaker Alex Katz developed his stylized aesthetic in reaction to Abstract Expressionism of the 1950s. His bright figurative paintings typically depict two-dimensional landscapes, marine scenes, flowers, people or animals. Widely recognized for his role as a precursor to the Pop Art movement, Alex Katz takes cues from everyday visual culture like advertising and cinema. Making use of characteristically wide brushstrokes, large swathes of color, and refined compositions, Katz created what art historian Robert Storr called “a new and distinctive type of realism in American art which combines aspects of both abstraction and representation.” Katz began experimenting with printmaking in the 1950s, which soon evolved to be a central aspect of his artistic practice. In addition to his large-scale paintings, Alex Katz‘ oeuvre encompasses a range of print editions employing a variety of techniques, including silkscreens, linoleum cuts, lithographs and etchings. The artist’s work has been the subject of over 200 solo exhibitions internationally, including at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Institute of Contemporary Arts (London), National Portrait Gallery (London), Albertina (Vienna); The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza (Madrid), and very recently at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York) in 2022. American, born 1927 in New York; based in New York.