Alex Couwenberg


Alex Couwenberg is a Southern California abstract painter deeply influenced by the art and culture of his local community. His artistic influences include the Light and Space Movement, as well as the work of Karl Benjamin, who was Couwenberg’s mentor. Couwenberg’s thin line patterns and choice of color are particularly inspired by surf and skateboard cultures, as well as the custom car and hot rod aesthetic elsewhere known as Finish Fetish. He is best known for combining hard-edge abstraction with gestural brushwork, layering, raw edges, and textured surfaces, thereby bringing depth and an expressionist touch to a tradition of painting known typically for its flatness.

2007 Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant

1997 MFA, Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, CA 1995 BFA, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA


    Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA California State University, Stanislaus, Turlock, CA Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia, MO Fidelity Investments, Boston, MA Georgia Tech University, Atlanta, GA Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA Lancaster Museum of Art and History, Lancaster, CA Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA Pitzer College, Claremont, CA Pomona College, Claremont, CA Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA Robert and Francis Fullerton Museum of Art, California State University San Bernardino, CA University of La Verne, La Verne, CA