German, 20th – 21st century, male.
Born 13 February 1941, in Oels (now Olesnica), Poland; died 10 June 2010, in Cologne, Germany.
Painter (mixed media), collage artist, photographer.
New Fauves, Citationism.
Sigmar Polke, the son of a blacksmith, arrived with his family in Thuringia in East Germany in 1945. In 1953 he moved to Düsseldorf in West Germany. In 1959 he studied glass painting in Düsseldorf, then between 1961 and 1967 he studied at the city’s academy of fine arts under the direction of Otto Goetz and Gerhard Hoehme. From 1970 to 1971 he lectured at the academy of fine arts in Hamburg, where he became a full member of the staff in 1977. He won, in 1966, the German Youth Prize, along with Klaus Geldmacher and Dieter Krieg; in 1975, the painting prize at the São Paulo Biennale; in 1982, the Grohmann Prize, awarded by the city of Berlin; in 1984, the Kurt Schwitters Prize, awarded by the city of Hanover; in 1986, the Lion d’Or Prize at the Venice Biennale; in 1995, the Carnegie Prize; and in 2002, the painting prize at the 14th Imperial Praemium, awarded by the Japanese artistic association. He lived and worked in Cologne....