Anselm Kiefer was born in southern Germany on March 8, 1945 during the collapse of the Third Reich. He studied French and Law in the early 1960s before pursuing the study of art in the late 1960s, during which time he traveled to France, Holland, Italy, & Sweden to visit the homelands of his artistic heroes.
Deeply interested in the concept of alchemy, the use of natural materials is a trademark of Kiefer's work. Kiefer's unorthodox paintings do not sole involve a canvas and paint, rather he further incorporates raw materials (lead, ash, sand etc). Kiefer’s approach to art is figurative rather than abstract; he expresses his spirituality through creating a figurative illusion.
Captivated by his multidimensional work, Kiefer’s approach to art is greatly fascinating to me. The uniqueness of each one of his pieces—whether it be painting, sculpture, photography, or water color—reflects Kiefer’s deep passion for his craft. I am in awe by the complexities of his multimedia works that analyze the controversial topics that serve as inspiration and an outlet for self exploration.