Ralph Oberg grew up hiking, camping, hunting, and climbing in the high mountains of Colorado. He has traveled extensively across the U.S., sketching and photographing, to share his experiences through his art. His studio is in Montrose, Colorado, where he and his wife, painter Shirley Novak, live within sight of his beloved San Juan Mountains.
Oberg’s work is in numerous private and corporate collections. Awards include the 2015 Wells Fargo Award, Buffalo Bill Art Show and Sale, Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, Wyoming; 2014 Patron’s Choice and 2006 Collector’s Choice, Maynard Dixon Country, Mt. Carmel, Utah; 2014 Gold Medal for Painting, California Art Club Annual Gold Medal Exhibition, Los Angeles; 2012 Trustee’s Purchase Award, National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, Wyoming; and the 1988 William E. Weiss Purchase Award, Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, Wyoming.
Oberg’s work has been exhibited at the Prix de West Invitational, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City; Masters of the American West, Autry Museum of the American West, Los Angeles; National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, Wyoming; Quest for the West, Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Indianapolis; Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County; the Haggin Museum, Stockton. Oberg has Works in the Permanent Collections of the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, National Museum of Wildlife Art, and Nature in Art, Wallsworth Hall, Gloucester, UK.
Oberg is a member of the Society of Animal Artists, Plein Air Painters of America, the Northwest Rendezvous Group of Artists, 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.