Gerhard Richter (*9.2.1932 Dresden) fled to West Germany in 1961 and studied in Düsseldorf. With Sigmar Polke and Konrad Lueg, Richter founded the group of Capitalist Realists. Already in his first exhibition in 1963, Richter presented his representational "Grey Photo Pictures", which later made him famous. After working as a guest lecturer at several universities, he became professor at the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf in 1971. Gerhard Richter has been represented several times at the Documenta in Kassel and at the Venice Biennale. On his 70th birthday in 2002, the MoMA in New York dedicated a retrospective to him. Richter lives and works in Cologne.