Gerhard Richter (February 9, 1932) is a German painter. His mother is said to have been passionate about literature and music, and his father studied mathematics and physics. Richter refuses to be bound by any traditions, even ones he created, in his art. Thus we see a photorealism in this depiction from the 1960s:
He would later find his color chart paintings widely acclaimed. You get a sense of the variety of his work here.
His art now sells for millions of dollars.