Thomas Ostenberg was born in Nebraska and grew up on a ranch in Colorado. Ostenberg studied languages at Principia College, Illinois and then earned an MBA degree from Stanford University in 1975. He divides his time between Santa Fe, New Mexico and London.
A selection of solo exhibitions include: PlusOne Gallery, London, UK (2011); GGGallery, Notting Hill, London, UK (2010); Wanted Gallery, Magister Ludi, Notting Hill, London, UK; Mint Leaf, Dreaming Of Olympia, London, UK (2009); La Galleria, promoted by Agallery, London, UK (2008); Glyndebourne Opera Festival, Lewes, Sussex, UK; Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, GA; Tayloe Piggott Gallery, Jackson, WY (2007); Donna Tribby Fine Art, West Palm Beach, FloridaTelluride Gallery of Fine Art, Telluride, ColoradoRobert Sandelson Gallery on Cork Street, London, EnglandClarke Galleries, Stowe, VermontA Gallery, Wimbledon, England (2005); Lisa Kurts Gallery, Memphis, Tennessee Peyton Wright Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico Theo Wadding to at Mason's Yard, London (2004); Lisa Kurts Gallery, Memphis, Tennessee Robert Sandelson, Cork St. presented by Theo Waddington, London Theo Waddington Fine Art, Dublin, Ireland Waddington & Tribby Fine Arts, Boca Raton, Florida (2003)
Before working as an artist Thomas Ostenberg was the Vice President of Citibank in Brazil and Spain. In 1986 he went freelance as an independent international financial consultant. Later Ostenberg exchanged his successful financial career for art school. In 1994 he earned his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute, and in 1997, his MA from the Royal College of Art in London, aided by a grant from the Henry Moore Foundation.
Ostenberg commences his works with a steel armature that is covered with an oil-based clay. Then, using his hands and later, clay tools, he defines the image. "I alternate between building up and carving back until I achieve a result I am satisfied with." Thomas Ostenberg's sculptures explore the theme of motion and balance. His work reflects his personal search for emotional and spiritual equilibrium. For him, the work "touches on the moment of stepping into the unknown and doing so willingly." The process of Ostenberg's work is apparent on the surfaces of his sculpture, which he leaves deliberately unpolished, unconcealed in order to draw attention to this aspect of making art. The sculptures themselves depict feats of enormous physical control and extraordinary mental focus. Ostenberg has an existential relationship to his works, seeing their process and the consequential results as a way to overcome contemporary malaises such as nihilism and despondency and ultimately, to feel joy in the pursuit of knowledge and truth.