Anselm Kiefer was born in 1945 in Donaueschingen, Germany. After studying law, he began his art education in Karlsruhe and then Düsseldorf, where he studied informally under Joseph Beuys. His work has been shown and collected by major museums throughout the world. Recent retrospective surveys include “Anselm Kiefer: Heaven and Earth”, the Modern Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas (2005), and “Anselm Kiefer”, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao (2007). In 2007, Kiefer inaugurated the “Monumenta” program at the Grand Palais, Paris with a vast site-specific installation of sculptures and paintings. In 2009, he directed and designed the sets for "Am Anfang" (In the Beginning) at the Opéra National de Paris. A new body of work based on the Morgenthau Plan was shown in two major exhibitions at Gagosian’s Paris and New York galleries in 2013.
Kiefer at the moment lives and works in France.