Oskar Schmidt lives and works in Berlin and Leipzig. Selected solo exhibitions include Galerie Tobias Naehring, Leipzig (2018); Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Berlin (2017-18); Museum Gunzenhauser Chemnitz (2017); Fotomuseum Winterthur (2016); Parrotta Contemporary Art, Stuttgart (2015); Neues Museum Weimar (2013-14); Goethe-Institut, Washington D.C. (2010) and C/O Berlin (2009). He has participated in international group exhibitions at Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden / Kunstfonds (2018); National Gallery of Kosovo, Pristina; C/O Berlin (2017); Center for Creative Photography, Tucson (2015-16); Daimler Art Collection, Stuttgart; Aperture Foundation, New York; Daimler Contemporary, Berlin (2014); Marburger Kunstverein; Zabludowicz Collection New York (2013); Museum Abtei Liesborn (2012); Museum für bildende Künste Leipzig; Georg-Kolbe-Museum, Berlin (2011); Zabludowicz Collection London; Art Collection Deutsche Börse, Frankfurt/Main (2010); Städtische Galerie Karlsruhe; Stadtgalerie Kiel; Kunstverein Speyer and Kunsthalle Rostock (2009).
Schmidt received the global cultural exchange stipend by the federal state of Berlin (2018); the grant EHF 2010 by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (2017/18); the PIVÔ Research residency program, São Paulo, Brazil (2017); the FAAP Artistic Residency, São Paulo, Brazil (2017); the Marion Ermer Award (2013); the Scholarship from the State of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern at Künstlerhaus Lukas, Ahrenshoop (2012) and the C/O Berlin Talents Award (2009). His works are held in both public and private collections.