About Alex Beard
Born in 1970, Alex Beard is a painter and author who has emerged as one of his generation’s most creative and successful artists.
Influenced to think creatively from a young age by his uncle, noted photographer, Peter Beard, and his mother, author and editor, Patricia Beard, Alex grew up in the NYC of the 1970’s among some of the world’s most interesting and influential people – Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, and their Pop World cohorts were familiar faces in the Beard household.
Alex studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts and participated in the New York Studio School’s Drawing Marathon. His first solo exhibition was in SoHo during his early twenties. Since then, he has had significant one-man shows in New York, Los Angeles, New Orleans and in cities as far afield as Hong Kong. He is the creator of a unique style of painting called “Abstract Naturalism,” and is considered by many as a successor to the school of visual mathematicians championed by M.C. Escher. Alex’s artwork hangs in public and private collections around the world.
Alex is also an adventurer. His extensive travels, and his desire to visit the world’s most untouched and often remote wildernesses have brought him on extended journeys through Africa, India, Australia, the Americas, and Asia.
Alex’s New Orleans studio, like his New York studio before it, has become the hub of an art career that has blossomed into more than just a creative endeavor; but also a successful enterprise. Alex’s studio is open to the public in a way that encourages and fosters interaction between the artist and his audience. Vanity Fair magazine singled Alex out as “... an accomplished artist, an adventurer and an accidental entrepreneur.”
Alex’s critically-acclaimed, best-selling Tales From the Watering Hole collection of illustrated children’s picture books, and his series of Impossible Puzzles for adults have become the inspiration for a unique body of products created to extend the dialogue between artist and consumer. In addition to his books and puzzles, Alex’s original artwork has been transformed into an impressive line of successful products at the national retail level, including, journals, sketchbooks, art and activity kits, and games for both the children’s and adult markets.
A firm believer that art is a medium that should be accessible to everyone, Alex uses uncommon avenues to share the creative experience with people of all ages.
In addition to his exhibition and book tour schedule, Alex brings his Kids’ Day events to schools, libraries, museums, bookstores and zoos throughout the country. Through his unique combination of story telling and art activities, Alex has had the opportunity to draw, paint, and talk about art with tens of thousands of children.
Alex and his family live in his adopted home of New Orleans, where he has opened the Alex Beard Studio, in the French Quarter, on the corner of Royal Street and Pirate’s Alley.