Oliver Kossack was born in 1967 in Tel Aviv, Israel. From 1987 to 1991 he studied German and Romance philology at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland after which he pursued studies in painting at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst (HGB) Leipzig; the University where he would be appointed Professor in 2011. Moreover, he co-founder the gallery B2. It is difficult to place Oliver Kossack into a certain artistic category. He consciously pursues an eclecticism which gives him the freedom to move between different art styles and stances - from abstract expressionism, minimalism and “bad painting”, to a punk-trash-aesthetic. In his installations, paintings, texts and photo collages, he quotes and comments well-known artistic positions or discourses and analyses icons of modern and post-modern culture. Hereby, he assumes the position of a critical-ironic observer, paired to the awareness of himself being a part of the system.