Markus Lüpertz (born in 1941, Czech Republic) is a German Neo-Expressionis. His approach to art is of constant questioning of the role of artist and art in the contemporary world. His sculptures and paintings often combine at the same time abstraction and representation, exposing the rawness of the human condition. The artist reinvigorates and invalidates often his classical references, reinventing the modernist vision of the figure. In his work, references to popular culture, biblical and mythological themes are the protagonists, together with his country’s history and culture, including the Nazi era, often causing strong debate and controversy.
“You cannot understand the artist in his time, you can only love or hate him”
Lüpertz has exhibited worldwide for over 40 years, including solo exhibitions in Berlin, Munich, Paris, Vienna, London, and Amsterdam. His work has been shown in numerous "Documenta" annual exhibitions held in Kassel, Germany, as well as the First Berlin Biennale held in 1974. He was the head of the Düsseldorf Art Academy, one of Germany’s most acclaimed art schools, for 22 years.