Alex Katz (born July 24, 1927) is an American figurative artist. In particular, he is known for his paintings, sculptures, and prints and is represented by numerous galleries internationally. He is an American artist known for his large-scale paintings with monochrome backdrops. A painter of landscapes and portraits—often of his longtime wife, Ada—Katz’s signature “flatness” and smooth application of pigments are his trademarks. Working during a time that was dominated by Abstract Expressionism, he once famously remarked that “we compete for audiences, as artists. I'm competing with the Abstract Expressionist guys. I'll knock ‘em off the wall. If you put my work next to an aggressive A.E. painting, I'll eat most of ‘em up. And I want to compete with the kids. I'm there with the kids.” Having achieved widespread critical acclaim and commercial success, he serves as an influence to younger figurative artists such as Elizabeth Peyton and Julian Opie. While his work precedes the Pop Art movement, his engagement with the mid-century culture of television and advertising warrants the association. Born July 24, 1927 in Brooklyn, NY, Katz attended Cooper Union and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He returns to Maine each summer, continuing to paint its coast and forest, while maintaining a residence in New York.