Alexander studied at the Vancouver Art School and Langara College art dept. and then graduated with a BFA from Notre Dame University.
In 1980 he moved to Saskatoon to obtain his Master's Degree while researching in New York, London and Paris. He has travelled the world to attend his exhibitions, conduct lectures and drawing and painting research.
In 2006 Alexander attended the Morris Graves Foundation in California as an invited guest artist in residence and completed a large body of small paintings on wood panels. In 2007 he visited Tokyo and Kyoto and was inspired by the parks and water features.
In September 2008 he returned to the high arctic as an invited member aboard a 75 ft. sailing ship that was circumnavigating North America through the North West Passage where he sailed from Tuktoyaktuk, Canada to Point Barrow Alaska. The expedition, Nord 69 consisted of artists, scientists and writers raising cultural and environmental awareness towards global warming.