Albert Oehlen is a Contemporary Artist born in Krefeld, Germany. He graduated from Hochschule für Bildende Künste in 1978, where he studied under Sigmar Polke. In 1981, Oehlen received his first solo show. He became known in the Berlin and Cologne Art sciences in the 1980’s by associating himself with Junge Wilde Artists. The group of artists rebelled against established artistic movements including, avant garde, conceptual art, and minimal art. More recently, Oehlen taught Painting at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf.
Oehlen often sets specific parameters for his works, by doing so he embraces the unsettling characteristics that come as a result. The set boundaries allows him to create an infinite range of possibilities.
Albert Oehlen has exhibited extensively throughout the United States and Europe. Recent solo exhibitions of his work have been held in institutions such as the Palazzo Grassi in Venice in 2018, The Cleveland Museum of Art and Guggenheim Bilbao in 2016, The New Museum in 2015, Museo di Capodimonte in Naples, Italy and the Musée d' Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris in 2009. He has also participated in exhibitions in major institutions such as the Musée Cantonal Des Beaux Arts in Lausanne, the Renaissance Society in Chicago and at the Kunsthalle in Basel. Oehlen's show at MOCA Miami in 2005 marked his first major solo exhibition at a museum in the United States.