Oliver Boberg (German, b.1965) is a Contemporary artist who is part of the Generic Modernism movement. He mainly works with video and photography and is represented by DCKT Contemporary. Boberg was born in Herten, Germany. When he was 20 years old, he studied art history at the University Würzburg. In 1986, Boberg decided to study at the Art Academy of Nürnberg, where he studied painting. Boberg graduated from the Art Academy in 1993. Boberg's art is created to make observers feel as though they have seen or been to the places located in his photographs or videos. However, the places seen in his work are actually products of his imagination.
For his work, Boberg builds a model to scale using plywood, glue, and cardboard. He photographs each model from various angles after setting the proper lighting. Boberg's artworks often feature pleasant titles such as Park and Playground, however, his work depicts something much darker and grittier than what is assumed by the titles. Many critics call the places he photographs "non-places." Boberg uses 16mm film for his films, and they typically do not feature much sound or movement. Instead, his films rely on visuals to convey his message. Typically, Boberg's films are relatively short, and feature scenery such as urban woodlands or roads. Most of his films are monochromatic and nocturnal. Other artists who produce similar work to Boberg include Lois Renner (Austrian, b.1961), Thomas Demand (German, b.1964), and Edwin Zwakman (Dutch, b.October 18, 1969).
Boberg has held several solo exhibitions over his career, including shows at the Paul Morris Gallery in New York, the Angeles Gallery in Los Angeles, and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. He has also held several exhibitions in his native Germany, as well as in other countries such as Spain. Boberg is known for his series of works titled Building Shell and Pages. In the Pages series, Boberg shot his photographs in black-and-white for the first time. More recently, he has started to incorporate other elements into his work, such as computer-generated drawings. Boberg resides in Fürth, Germany.