Nicky Hoberman is a London-based painter who was born in Cape Town, South Africa in 1967. She received her MA in Modern History from Worcester College of Oxford University in 1989. She then went on to study at the Parsons School of Design in Paris, receiving her BA in Fine Art in 1993. In 1992, she attended the Yale Summer School of Art. After attending the Chelsea College of Art and Design in London, she received her MA in Painting. Her painting style is characterized by a unique combination of photorealism and caricature, usually contrasted on rather flat backgrounds.
The subjects of Hoberman’s work can be split into two overarching categories: Girls, and Project Man. Hoberman spent a significant amount of time exploring isolation, girlhood, and identity through her depiction of young girls against flat backgrounds with piercing gazes. The over-sized faces of the young girls force the viewer to confront and acknowledge their existence. After years of exploring this idea of ‘girl power’ and childhood isolation, Hoberman began to portray men in the mid 2000’s. Exploring the idea of masculinity, Hoberman finds influence from images that men have used for online dating sites.
Nicky Hoberman has had several gallery and museum exhibitions, including at the Gould Galleries and at the Collezione Maramotti. Many works by the artist have been sold at auction, including 'Froth' sold at Sotheby's London 'Contemporary Art' in 2007 for $50,191. There have been many articles about Nicky Hoberman, including 'Art in Review; Nicky Hoberman' written by Grace Glueck for New York Times in 2002.