Alex Israel
Background information
Born 1982
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Occupation Artist
Years active 2000s-present
Associated acts Duran Duran

Alex Israel (born 1982) is an American artist, whose work has included art for Duran Duran's Paper Gods album released in 2015.


Born in Los Angeles where he lives and works, Israel received a BA from Yale University in 2003, and an MFA from USC’s Roski School of Fine Art in 2010.

Alex Israel's work is concerned with celebrity culture and the Hollywood lifestyle. Israel is interested in the ability of mainstream cinema to manipulate its viewer. Using his hometown as an ecosystem for thought, he has been inspired by the entertainment industry in LA.

The artist is known for his multimedia installations constructed from movie-house props, as well as his large-scale airbrushed paintings. Israel's works are often made in his studio which is attached to Warner Bros. Records. In his exhibitions, he frequently combines his paintings with props to tell a story or a specific narrative of LA clichés, which carry symbolic weight and meaning. Israel both works in, and critiques, the celebrity milieu of Los Angeles.

In 2011, Israel had a solo show at Peres Projects, Berlin, Germany, and his work was recently included in the group shows 'Greater LA' at 483 Broadway and 'Blind Cut' at the Marlborough Chelsea Gallery, in New York, USA.

In 2014, he had forthcoming solo exhibitions at LAXART, Los Angeles; Reena Spaulings Fine Art, New York; and Almine Rech Gallery, Paris, France.

A selection of Alex Israel's workEdit