(German, 1945–2007) was a painter born in Bleckede, Lower Saxony. During his childhood, his parents divorced and his mother sent him to a rigorous boarding school; Immendorff, however, was more interested in visual art, and used his schoolbooks for drawing. His first exhibition took place at the New Orleans Jazz Club in Bonn (1961). In 1963, Immendorff left the boarding school to attend the Düsseldorf Art Academy, where he studied with theater designer Teo Otto. He later worked with Joseph Beuys
(German, 1921–1986), who himself became a figure within Immendorff’s own paintings. Immendorff is best known for his Café Deutschland
paintings, started in the 1970s. Colorful and ornate, the works include depictions of political and historical figures, and are considered semi-autobiographical as well.
Like many German artists of his generation, Immendorff could not ignore Germany’s disturbing history of Nazism and World War II, a condition that he grappled with directly through his artwork. In 1998, the National Museum in Warsaw, Poland, featured a retrospective exhibition of Immendorff’s work. Also in 1998, the artist was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. During the latter years of his life, Immendorf strove to raise awareness of and research funds for ALS. He died of complications from the disease at the age of 61.