Diagnosed with cancer, the acclaimed painter and rival of Picasso
seemed to be facing his demise.Then something unexpected
Alastair Sooke is the author of the biographies Henri Matisse- A Second Life and Roy Lichtenstein- How Modern Art was Saved by Donald Duck, both published by Penguin. He is art critic for the Daily Telegraph and is a popular BBC broadcaster. He was educated at Christ Church, Oxford, and at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London.
Sooke is an immensely engaging character. He has none of the
weighty self-regard that often afflicts art experts and critics;
rather he approaches his subjects with a questioning, open,
exploratory attitude -- Sarah Vine * The Times *
His shows are excellent - clever, lively, scholarly, but not too lecturey; he's very good at linking his painters with the world outside the studio, and at how these artists have affected the world today' Sam Wollaston reviewing 'Modern Masters' * Guardian *