Born in Lawrence Kansas, Clytie Alexander was educated in Quebec and Bangladesh. She studied art at UCLA. She is the recipient of awards and grants including: the American Academy of Arts and Letters Hassan, Speicher, Bett and Symonds Art Purchase Award 2013, 2007 and 2003; the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Grant 2005; the Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant 2001 and 1993; and the Elizabeth Foundation Studio Program Award 1998-2018. Her work resides in the permanent collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA; the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO; Weatherspoon Art Museum Greensboro, NC; Christian Keesee Collection, Oklahoma City, OK; Getty Research Institute Library, Los Angeles, CA; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA; and the Francesco Moschini Foundation, Rome, Italy. She works and lives in New York and Los Angeles.