The creative genius behind elmgARTS, Oskar Elmgart, has been crafting hand-cut original artwork in his Downtown New York studio since 2015. In 2016, Oskar partnered with Nicole to form elmgARTS, creating unique pieces that play upon the concept of facial duality through the juxtaposition of music and art.
Born in Sweden and currently based in New York, Oskar has lived in Israel, Cyprus, Germany and the United Kingdom and has traveled all over the world. After 15 years as an investment banker on various global trading floors, Oskar returned to his creative roots, combining his loves of carving and music. As a child, Oskar developed an early fascination with using various blades and knives to create intricate stencils by watching his grandfather Hilding, a wood-carver. Oskar would look on while his grandfather used a special lathe to hand-carve trays and figurines up until his death in 2010 at over 90-years old. Oskar continued the legacy, spending long winters developing his own technique to transform objects with unique cutting methods that he now employs in every elmgARTS piece.
Upon his relocation to New York, Oskar's love of music led him to explore the city's vast array of old record shops. It was then that the idea came to him to combine his age-old passion for carving with his love of music to create artistic works that converse with the viewer. Oskar also draws upon his vast exposure to different cultures and admiration for artists such as Banksy, Picasso, Chagall, Alcohol, Magritte, Warhol, Haring and Dali when creating his works. Oskar looks forward to sharing his love and appreciation for music and art with all of you. email@example.com