Ralph Oberg grew up hiking, camping, hunting, and climbing in the high mountain wilderness of Colorado and the West. He has traveled extensively across the US, sketching on-site and photographing, aiming to share his experiences through his art. Larger works are produced at his studio in Montrose, Colorado, where he and his wife, painter Shirley Novak, live within sight of his beloved San Juan Mountains.
Awards include: The 2020 Wilson Hurley Memorial Award for Landscape at the Prix de West Invitational; The 2019 Purchase Award at the Brinton Museum Night of Artists; the 2014 California Art Club’s Gold Medal Award; the 2015 Wells Fargo Award, Buffalo Bill Art Show; 2014 Patron’s Choice and 2006 Collector’s Choice, Maynard Dixon Country; 2012 Trustee’s Purchase Award, National Museum of Wildlife Art; and the 1988 William Weiss Purchase Award, Buffalo Bill Historical Center.
Oberg’s work has been exhibited at the Prix de West, Oklahoma City; Masters of the American West, Los Angeles; Western Visions, National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, WY; Quest for the West, Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis IN; The Night of Artists at the Briscoe Museum, San Antonio TX; and a 2021 4-man Retrospective, Four Directions-Common Paths with Matt Smith, Skip Whitcomb and Dan Young at the Steamboat Art Museum, Steamboat Springs CO.
Oberg is a member of the Society of Animal Artists, Plein Air Painters of America, the Northwest Rendezvous Group, and California Art Club. His work has appeared in Art of the West, Southwest Art, Sporting Classics, Western Art Collector, Western Art and Architecture and Wildlife Art magazines.