Neo Rauch (*1960) graduated from the Leipzig Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst (Academy of Visual Arts) as master student of Bernhard Heisig in 1990. In 1997 he won the art prize of the Leipziger Volkszeitung newspaper which lead to a first institutional exhibition at the Museum der bildenden Künste in Leipzig. The breakthrough year was 2000 with a touring exhibition at Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst in Leipzig, the Haus der Kunst in Munich, and at the Kunsthalle Zürich. Since then he has shown at a variety of venues including the Venice Biennale, a solo show at the Vienna Albertina, and the Metropolitan Museum in New York; in 2010 a major double retrospective simultaneously opened in Leipzig and Munich. Rauch lives and works in Leipzig.