A German-born painter, printmaker, and sculptor, Georg Baselitz was a precursor of neo-expressionism who spearheaded the heyday of 1980s painting. He used to produce inverted paintings with dynamic brush touches and intense color sensations as a means to express his resistance against mores. His paintings are particularly marked by ugly images that have been beautifully portrayed. He is also well known as a painter of inverted paintings.
Born in Deutschbaselitz, Germany, Georg Baselitz studied art at Hochschule für Bildende und Angewandte Kunst in East Berlin. His works were exhibited at the Sao Paulo Biennale in 1975 and the Venice Biennale in 1980. He also received the World Culture Prize in memory of His Highness Prince Takamatsu in 2004. A large-scale retrospective of his works was shown at the Royal Academy of Arts, London.