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Edwin C. Oberbeck

Edwin Charles Oberbeck was born in Woodriver, Illinois in 1951. Painting in oil and watercolors, Oberbeck creates delightful fantasies. He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Oberbeck earned a BFA from Brigham Young University in 1976.  He later earned an MFA from the University of Utah in 1981. In the course of his studies, he developed his “magical reality” paintings.

Oberbeck creates an ambiguous realm where everyday images are transformed by his act of creating.  Artist Painting the Sun andMagical Night are examples of his whimsical view.

Biography adapted from Artists of Utah.

Edwin Charles Oberbeck is a painter of delightful fantasies and was born in Woodriver, Illinois. He went to high school and El Camino Community College in Torrence, California. Transferring to Brigham Young University, he graduated from that institution in 1976 before entering the University of Utah's M.F.A. program. It was there, from l919 to l981 that Oberbeck developed a magical and immensely enjoyable view of the city life that is filled with lyrical charm. Indebted to none of his professors in the creation of this particular apprehension of such an environment, today this talented and successful oil painter and watercolorist lives in Salt Lake City with his wife, fellow artist Christina Darais Oberbeck.

Biography courtesy Artists of Utah.

Newspaper Articles

"Art Canvass." The Deseret News, May 9, 1993.

"Artists Included In E-Spousing Art Show." The Deseret News, September 14, 2003.

"Galleries." The Deseret News, November 15, 1998.

"Showing At Local Galleries." The Deseret News, October 10, 1999.


Oberbeck, Edwin Charles. "Magical Reality." Master's Thesis, University Of Utah, 1981.

Olpin, Robert S., William C. Seifrit, and Vern G. Swanson. Artists Of Utah. Salt Lake City, UT: Gibbs Smith Publisher, 1999.

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