1932 born 9 February in Dresden.
Early days in Reichenau and Waltersdorf/Oberlausitz.

1948 Mittlere Reife, Handelsschule in Zittau.

1949 Sign painting apprenticeship.

1950 Set painting internship at Stadttheater Zittau.
Unsuccessful application with Staatliche Kunsthochschule Dresden.
Company painter, Dewag electricity utility, Zittau.

1951 Admittance to Staatliche Kunsthochschule Dresden.

1953 Principal studies, mural painting, with Heinz Lohmar.

1956 Diploma, with mural for Deutsches Hygienemuseum, Dresden.
Post-graduate, 3-year engagement with own studio at Staatliche
Kunsthochschule Dresden.

1959 Visits Documenta 2.

1961 Leaves GDR.
Move to Düsseldorf.
Studies at Staatliche Kunstakademie Düsseldorf with K.O. Götz.
Friendship with Konrad Lueg (aka Konrad Fischer), and Sigmar Polke.

1964 Completes studies. First individual show with Galerie Friedrich & Dahlem, Munich, and with Galerie Schmela, Düsseldorf.

1967 Visiting professor at Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Hamburg.
Awarded Junger Westen prize by Recklinghausen city.

1970 Travels with Blinky Palermo to New York.

1971 Professor at Staatliche Kunstakademie Düsseldorf.

1973 First individual show at Reinhard Onnasch Gallery, New York.

1978 Visiting professor a Nova Scotia College of Art, Halifax.

1981 Arnold-Bode-Prize, Kassel.

1983 Moves to Cologne.

1985 Oskar-Kokoschka-Prize, Vienna.

1988 Visiting professor at Städelschule, Frankfurt/M.
Kaiserring award by city of Goslar.

1994 Stops teaching at Staatliche Kunstakademie Düsseldorf.

1995 Wolf-Prize, Jerusalem.

1996 Moves to new studio on the outskirts of Cologne.

1997 Golden Lion at Biennale, Venice.
Praemium Imperiale, Tokyo.

2000 Awarded Staatspreis des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen.

2001 Honorary PhD, Leuven University.

2002 Retrospective at Museum of Modern Arts, New York.

2007 Honorary Citizenship, Cologne.
Inauguration of Gerhard Richter’s South Transept window, Cologne Cathedral.

Gerhard Richter lives and works in Cologne.

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