“I’m a romantic, and I believed in it. I believed in the value of things. I believe that objects can be made that can have an extraordinary effect on me and others.”
– Peter Alexander, from the Smithsonian Archive of American Art, Interview, 1995 Dec 13 – 1996 May 8

About the Artist

American, b. 1939, Los Angeles, California, died 2020, Santa Monica, California
Lives and works in Santa Monica, California

Los Angeles artist Peter Alexander worked with a Southern California sensibility and is commonly associated with the Light and Space movement. His primary means of working until his passing in 2020 included sculptural forms made of polyester resin reminiscent of his earliest work from 1965-1972. Through his career spanning from the mid-1960s he worked as a sculptor, painter, and draftsman.

Alexander’s work has been exhibited extensively in solo exhibitions around the United States and group exhibitions around the world. In 1990, the Orange County Museum of Art hosted his retrospective, “Peter Alexander: In this Light.” In 2011 he was part of three exhibitions associated with Pacific Standard Time, the Getty initiative to highlight art from 1945-1980 in Southern California, including MCASD’s “Phenomenal: California Light, Space, Surface.” Alexander’s work is in several private and public collections including the Broad Foundation, Santa Monica; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; Museum of Modern Art, New York, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.

Previous Exhibitions

Peter Alexander Installation Images