About Al Alexander
Al Alexander was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, CA. After a stint in the Army, he settled in New York City and earned a Master of Arts in Painting from Long Island University, C.W. Post Campus, Greenvale, NY.
Al taught art at Long Island University, C.W. Post Campus, for several years, instructing in Life Drawing, Painting, and Two-Dimensional Design. During his teaching years he continued to do both commercial and fine art. For two years, starting in 1978, Al lived and worked near Canterbury, England, while exhibiting with the Nicholas Treadwell Gallery in London.
Al moved to New Jersey in 1986. That year, he was commissioned to do two mural-sized paintings for General Telephone & Electronics-Data Systems (GTE-DS). These paintings were installed in the lobby of their World Headquarters Building in Tampa, FL. In 1989 he was the Project Manager to execute dozens of large murals for the new Epcot Center hotels, The Swan and The Dolphin, both by Architect Michael Graves of Princeton, NJ. These murals can be seen in the lobbies, lounges and ceilings of the two resort hotels. In 1996 Al was commissioned to do an 8 ft. x 60 ft. mural for the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ. In 2001 he executed Pompeiian murals onto the ceiling and walls of a Santa Barbara, California estate. Al's fine art is included in corporate and private collections in England, Europe, and the United States. Collectors include Merck & Company, corporate offices in NYC and Newark, NJ, the president of Burlington Mills, the publisher of Yachting Magazine, and the late Malcolm Forbes.
Al has done more than 25 portraits throughout his career as well.
Al’s Fine Art exhibitions include:
Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT
Nicholas Treadwell Gallery, London, UK
The Salmagundi Club, NYC
Dumont Landis Fine Art, Princeton, NJ
Somerset Art League, NJ
National juried competition at Montclair State University Art Gallery
One man show at Beamesderfer Gallery, Highland Park, NJ
Broome Street Gallery Summer Exhibition, NYC
Gallery 84 National Competition juried by Ivan Karp of OK Harris Gallery, NYC
Forrest Scott Gallery, Millburn, NJ
J. Cacciola Gallery, Bernardsville, NJ
DFN Gallery, NYC
Eisenhauer Gallery, Edgartown, MA, USA
In 1998 Al was chosen as the New Jersey artist (one from each of the original 13 States) to do a painting for the White House Historical Society's Year 2000 Commemorative Calendar. In 1999 Al was commissioned to do 13 paintings for The US Army's Year 2000 Viet Nam Calendar.
Al was a faculty member of the Somerset Art Association, Pluckemin, NJ where he taught portrait painting, and basic and intermediate drawing. In 2006 Al and his wife, Jean, retired and moved to Costa Rica, where Al continues to paint.