Born in New York City in 1927, Alex Katz studied at Cooper Union Art School in New York and at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. He received the Cooper Union Annual Artist of the City Award and also the Berlin Price Fellow, Advanced Studies Award for a Distinguished Artist from The American Academy in Berlin. Alex Katz is a highly respected contemporary painter and printmaker. He is most famous for his large, often larger-than-life-sized portraits for which he frequently uses his wife Ada and son Vincent as models. In his distinctive style, Katz employs flat planes of color and open spaces to achieve a stark realism.