Alexander Cooper

Alexander Cooper

Alexander Cooper, a renowned and respected Jamaican artist, was born in Enfield(St. Mary) Kingston, Jamaica(West Indies) in 1934.

His interest and love for painting began when watching his friends Ralph Campbell and Osmond Watson, two of Jamaica’s most outstanding artists, at work.

An early student of the Jamaica School of the Arts, he graduated in 1959. Alexander also studied at the New York School of Visual Arts. He attended the Art Student League and was the recipient in 1962 and in 1964 of first prize in the Jamaica National Fine Arts Competition.

In 1965, a very controversial time in American history for people of African descent, Alexander was the first Jamaican artist to be invited to hold an art show at the U.S. State Department in Washington D.C.

In 1983, the Prime Minister of his Jamaican homeland recognized him for his Outstanding Contribution to the art world.

His work has been displayed in exhibitions around the world, includingNew York,Mexico,Canada,London, andGermany. Alexander is well known for his love of displaying the richness and vibrancy of Jamaican life – its people, the landscape and moments in everyday life – as it is and as it used to be.