Alex Israel (American, b. 1982) is a contemporary American artist with a broad conceptual practice that examines the film industry and its search for authenticity. His painting, film, and sculpture explores his own fascination with Hollywood and celebrity, and he is perhaps best known for his airbrushed gradient sky paintings resembling film backdrops. “I think L.A. has long held a special place in the collective imagination,” the artist has said. “Because so many of us have grown up watching television and movies that are filmed in L.A., we have an idea of the city that's tied to televisual and cinematic fantasy.” Born in 1982 in Los Angeles, CA, he went on to earn his BA from Yale University in 2003, and an MFA from USC’s Roski School of Fine Art in 2010. He would also move to New York and working as an assistant for galleries as well as the artist Jason Rhoades before embarking on his solo career. Israel has held exhibitions throughout the United States, and his work is part of the permanent collections of institutions such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and Moderna Museet in Stockholm, among others.