Artist
Daniel Richter
German artist, painter

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Daniel Richter
German artist, painter
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1962

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Daniel Richter is one of Germany's most important contemporary painters, and successful as well

His paintings sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars. In 2007 Sotheby's NY sold one for $824,000. But he looks and behaves like a young revolutionary student. Among art students he's popular like a famous rock star. He's married to Angela, a theater-director who it seems has a lot of influence on his paintings, which do have a rock and roll-type theatrical flair.

In his youth he used to belong to a radical left wing political group who used to invade deserted buildings in Hamburg. This group fell apart after accomplishing nothing. After attaining his fame, Richter was successful in persuading the City of Hamburg to allow artists to use these deserted buildings for studios.
 
During his early life he didn't do much, he says, until he decided to study art, at age 30! He chose painting because it seemed easy to do, and he was not reliant on other people. In painting, he found freedom. If it was expected of him to paint figuratively, he would paint abstractly. It was only after 5 years of painting abstractly that he began to make money by painting humans, animals, and guitars. 
 
Richter calls it: "The transition from free jazz to pop."
 
 

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Daniel Richter (born 1962) is a German artist based in Berlin and Hamburg.

Life and work

Richter attended Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg from 1991-1995. Between 1992-1996 he studied with Werner Büttner, one of the protagonists, along with Martin Kippenberger, of the revival of expressive trends in painting during the 1980s, and worked as assistant to Albert Oehlen. Between 2004 and 2006 he served as Professor for Painting at the Universität der Künste, Berlin. Since 2006, he has been teaching at Akademie der bildenden Künste, Vienna. In 2019 he founded the publishing Company PAMPAM Publishing with his partner, viennese photographer Hanna Putz.

Initially, Richter did abstract paintings, with a cosmos of forms intensely colourful to the point of being psychedelic – somewhere between graffiti and intricate ornamentation. Since 2002 he has painted large-scale scenes filled with figures, often inspired by reproductions from newspapers or history books.

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