Even when he was still in school, OUBEY was already fascinated by the physics of Einstein and Heisenberg, the metaphysics of Leibniz, the philosophy of the Greeks, the poetry of Celan, Rilke and Trakl, and the classics of science fiction literature – intellectual influences that merged together in his later work.
OUBEY first studied architecture at the University of Karlsruhe. Meeting Prof. Fritz Haller became an experience of special significance for him. It led him from architecture through the planning of futuristic urban and living concepts and the planning of prototype space colonies all the way to the existential decision of living for art.
His interest at the same time in Ilya Prigogine's pioneering ideas about overcoming the separation between academic disciplines and between science and art confirmed his own original understanding of what art can and should be. Exploring the connections and interactions between chaos and order in the cosmos, the exploration of the true complexity of our being, became a further substantial element of his artistic work.
Parallel to these experiences, OUBEY began painting in 1979. In 1983 he made the decision to live and work as a free artist. In 1987 he moved into Markus Lüpertz’ former studio in Karlsruhe, where he worked until 2001. His first solo exhibition in 1992 remained the only one. Despite the commercial success that he already achieved on the opening evening with his avant-gardist Photon Paintings, as the result of this experience he decided not to expose himself to any further public influence for an indeterminate period of time.
He upheld this decision until after moving to a new studio in 2003, when a further productive period of work began, including the creation of the Star Pixels. OUBEY was beginning to seriously consider presenting the results of his work to the public again for the first time in a long time, but while he was planning this next step, he was fatally injured in a traffic accident in August 2004.