Alfons Mucha was a Czech Art Nouveau painter and decorative artist, best known for his distinct style of art. He was born in 1860 in Moravia, and studied at the Munich Academy of Fine Arts and the Académie Julian in Paris. His work is characterized by its use of flowing lines, floral motifs, and pastel colors. He is most famous for his posters of Sarah Bernhardt, which helped to popularize the Art Nouveau style. Mucha also created many other works including paintings, illustrations, jewelry designs, and book covers. His work has been exhibited in galleries around the world and continues to be highly sought after by collectors.