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German painter, born in Dresden. After working as an advertisement and stage painter he studied at the Academy in Dresden, 1952–6. In 1961 he moved to West Germany and studied at the Academy in Düsseldorf, 1961–3. He recalled that one of the factors which encouraged him to move was the ‘sheer brazenness’ of the paintings by *Pollock and *Fontana he saw at the 1959 *documenta. In 1963 he participated in an event entitled Manifestation for Capitalist Realism.

Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)