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Birthplace Germany
Year of birth 1943 (1977)
Palermo is one of Germany’s most acclaimed abstract painters, and was a prized pupil of Joseph Beuys. In the mid-1960s, he began employing canvases with shapes other than the conventional rectangle, such as circles, triangles, and crosses, as well as totem poles and the interior walls of buildings. In his spatial arrangements of form and color, he interpreted primeval aspects of humanity, from biology to despair, within a framework of coexistence with nature.