The Mona Bismarck American Center for art & culture will showcase Alex Ross, the famous comic book artist.
This exhibition will present – for the first time in France – a vast selection of original paintings, drawings, and sculptures from the personal collection of the artist, highlighting the extraordinary diversity of his projects from his earliest work with Marvel to his most recent creations.
Known for his photorealism, Ross is often referred to as “Norman Rockwell of comics.” His unique perspective on iconic characters, such as Batman, Superman, Spiderman and Wonder Woman, demonstrates how he has redefined the codes of comic books and graphic novels during his career.
Alex Ross was born in Portland, Oregon in 1970 and grew up in Lubbock, Texas, operating in a world of colors and images. Indeed, his mother Lynette Ross, was a professional illustrator from 1940-50, and often drew pictures to entertain her son. By age 13, Alex Ross began to invent and draw out his own comics. At age 17, he left to study painting at the American Academy of Art in Chicago where he was influenced by the surrealist painter Salvador Dali, as well as some classic American illustrators such as Norman Rockwell, Andrew Loomis, and J.C. Leyendecker.
Ross began his career in an advertising agency as a storyboard illustrator. At 19 years old, he received his first commission from Marvel Comics titled: Terminator: The Burning Earth. Four years later he was doing illustrations and covers for Marvels, in collaboration with the editor Kurt Busiek.
Alex Ross has won the “Comic Buyer’s Guide Award” for Favorite Painter so many times in a row (seven!) that the category was withdrawn from the competition.
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