Alex Katz was born on July 24, 1927 in Brooklyn, New York. He studied at Cooper Union School of Art in New York from 1946-1949, then at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine, from 1949-1950. During the 1960s, he was an art educator, teaching at the New York Studio School and School of Visual Arts; in New Haven at Yale University; and in Brooklyn at Pratt Institute. Katz is renowned for post modernist painting of figures and portraits, still-life paintings and printmaking. Katz is considered one of the leading figure painters of the “new realism movement” in contemporary art.