Alex Heilbron’s portrait-oriented paintings employ patterns of floral motifs, geometric shapes and rigid lines to explore femininity—as well as the creation and consumption of digital images. The artist’s compositions are linked visual narratives where a repeated feminine figure moves seamlessly from one work to the next. Addressing societal conversations of gender fluidity and identity, Heilbron’s paintings propose feminine visual realities as the center around which all other images evolve.
Alex Heilbron was born in San Rafael, California in 1987. The artist received a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in California in 2009, and studied at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf in Germany from 2014-2017. Heilbron received an MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2020.
Solo exhibitions of Heilbron’s work include: Time and Intent at Meliksetian | Briggs in Los Angeles, California; High Shame at Hiestand Galleries at the Miami University in Oxford, Ohio; and Scent Description for a Young Woman at Ashley Berlin in Germany.
Group exhibitions that have shown Heilbron’s work have taken place at: LAXART in Los Angeles, California; the Moscow Museum of Modern Art in Moscow, Russia; Cosmo Sports in Düsseldorf, Germany; Good Forever in Düsseldorf, Germany; Contemporary Fine Art in Berlin, Germany; and Unit/Pitt Gallery in Vancouver, Canada.
Heilbron won the William and Dorothy Yeck Purchase Award in 2019 and the Helen Frankenthaler Scholarship in 2019/2020.
Heilbron lives and works in Los Angeles, California.