Oskar Schmidt lives and works currently in São Paulo. Recent solo exhibitions include Museum Gunzenhauser Chemnitz (2017); Fotomuseum Winterthur (2016); Neues Museum Weimar (2013/14); Goethe-Institut, Washington D.C. (2010) and C/O Berlin (2009). He participated among others in following group shows at C/O Berlin (2017); Center for Creative Photography, Tucson (2015/16); Daimler Art Collection, Stuttgart (2014); Aperture Foundation, New York (2014); Daimler Contemporary, Berlin (2014); Marburger Kunstverein (2013); Zabludowicz Collection New York (2012/13); Museum Abtei Liesborn (2012); Museum für bildende Künste Leipzig (2011); Georg-Kolbe-Museum, Berlin (2011); Zabludowicz Collection London (2010); Art Collection Deutsche Börse (2010); Städtische Galerie Karlsruhe (2009); Stadtgalerie Kiel (2009); Kunstverein Speyer (2009) and Kunsthalle Rostock (2009).

Schmidt received the FAAP Artistic Residency in São Paulo, Brazil (2017); the PIVÔ Research program in São Paulo, Brazil (2017); the grant EHF 2010 by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (2017-2018); the Marion Ermer Award (2013); Scholarship at Künstlerhaus Lukas–Ahrenshoop (2012) and the C/O Berlin Talents Award (2009).

His work belongs to the collection of the Center for Creative Photography, Tucson; Zabludowicz Collection, London/New York/Sarvisalo; The Museum of Fine Arts, Leipzig; State Art Collections Dresden, Kunstfonds Sachsen; Daimler Art Collection, Stuttgart/Berlin; Collection C/O Berlin Foundation, Berlin; Collection Reydan Weiss, Essen; Collection Andra Spallart, Vienna; SØR Rusche Collection Oelde/Berlin and the UBS Bank Art Collection, Zurich.