Albert Oehlen was born in Krefeld, Germany, in 1954. After graduating from the Hochschule für Bildende Kunst, Hamburg, in 1978, he came to prominence in the early 1980s, and has exhibited internationally. Influenced by Georg Baselitz, Sigmar Polke and Gerhard Richter, Oehlen’s work focuses on the process of painting, exposing its structural elements. He lives in Switzerland and Spain.
Oehlen’s exhibitions in institutions and galleries include Kunsthalle Vierseithof, Germany (2000); Kestner-Gesellschaft, Germany (2001); Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain of Strasbourg, France (2002); Salzburger Kunstverein, Austria (2004); Domus Artium, Salamanca (2002), and Musée Cantonale des Beaux Arts, Switzerland (2004); Secession, Vienna (2004); Whitechapel Gallery, London (2006); Museo di Capodimonte, Italy (2009); Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (2009); Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna (2013); Museum Wiesbaden, Germany (2014); New Museum, New York (2015); Kunsthalle Zürich (2015); The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland (2016); Guggenheim Museum Bilbao (2016). The artist’s work was also included in the Venice Biennale of 2013.