Contemporary German artist Albert Oehlen was born in Krefeld, Germany in 1954. In 1977, he moved to Berlin and became influenced by artists such as Sigmar Polke, Gerhard Richter and Georg Baselitz. The process of painting was an important factor for Oehlen. He embraced the Neo-Expressionist style and began combining abstract and figurative elements into his paintings. He has continued to experiment with different techniques and styles.
Oehlen’s use of computer enhanced sketches incorporated into his painting through the use of computer-aided design (CAD) and inkjet printers has led to his work being described as free-radical in the 1990’s. Although considered very successful, he has acquired much criticism for his work. Albert Oehlen work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museet for Samtidskunst, Denmark, the Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain de Strasbourg and numerous others. Most recently, in 2014, one of Albert Oehlen’s pieces sold for $1.8 million at a Christie’s auction in New York. It was self-portrait he had painted thirty years before.