Gerhard Richter was born in Dresden in 1932. He studied at the Kunstakademie in Dresden between 1951 and 1956 before moving to Düsseldorf in 1961. Over the next two years he completed his studies at the Düsseldorf Kunstakademie, where he has been Professor since 1971. In addition to participating widely in group shows, Richter has had numerous one-person exhibitions. In 1993-94, the fourth major retrospective of his work to date traveled throughout Europe.