Gerhard Richter



Born the 9th of February 1932 in Dresden, Gerhard Richter is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading contemporary artists. 

Grown up in Reichenau, he left school after tenth grade and apprenticed as an advertising and stage-set painter, before studying at the Dresden Art Academy. He terminated the highter professional school in Zittau. Between 1949 and 1951 he was trained in writing as well as in stage and advertising. Richter applied for membership in the german Hochschule fuer Bildende Kuenste Dresden (Dresden University of Visual Arts) in 1950, but he was rejected. In 1951 he finally began his studies at the Dresden Academy of arts. From 1957 to 1961 Richter worked as a master trainee on the academy and took orders for the former state of the GDR. At the end of feb in 1961 Richter flew from west Berlin to western germany. He continued his Art studies from 1961 – 1964 at the Duesseldorf University of Arts. In 1983, Richter resettled from Duesseldorf to Cologne, where he still lives and works today.

Marianne Eufinger was his first wife, whom he married in 1957. His first daughter Betty was born nine years later. In 1982 he married his second wife, Isa Genzken. In 1995 he married again, his third wife Sabine Moritz. Son Moritz was born the same year. Finally one year later in 1996, second daughter Ella Maria was born.

His mature works dates from 1962 when he made his first Photo Pictures. Later he began to to explore other stzles, including abstract painting, as wel as a range of media.

At the 6th July 2004 the Guardian called him The Picasso of the 21st century and the most successful present artist.


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