For the past four decades, Gerhard Richter (Dresden, Germany, 1932) has been considered as one of the most influential artists of our time. Moreover, he earned this recognition without adhering to a single particular style. His vast and variegated work includes sculptures and paintings, and his work in the latter covers a wide scope―from landscapes to abstractions in multiple colors or just shades of grey. The way in which the artist plays with painting conventions reflects his interest in observation itself and the models of perception we rely on to conceptualize the world around us.
Born on February 9.
Studies at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Dresden. Paints a mural in the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum in Dresden as his final project before graduation.
After a trip to Moscow, leaves East Germany to settle in Düsseldorf. Enrolls at the Staatliche Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, where he will study under Karl Otto Götz until 1963 and meet Sigmar Polke, Blinky Palermo, and Konrad Fischer (also known as Konrad Lueg).
Creates his first photograph-based paintings.
Holds a solo exhibition at Möbelhaus Berges in Düsseldorf.
Holds his a solo exhibition, at Schmela Gallery in Düsseldorf.
Creates his first etching, Hund, in an edition of eight.