After his studies at the Städelschule in Frankfurt, Gerhard Naschberger went to New York to attend Hans Haacke’s class at the Cooper Union. Here he continued his education in art history and theory, plunged into the bubbling New York art scene, and became intensively involved with the ubiquitous conceptual art.

Naschberger belongs to a generation of artists who, at the beginning of the 1980s, are driving an exciting awakening of the visual arts in Germany. The general disillusionment that followed the progressive postwar years gave way to a fresh interest in painting. In fixed groups and loose groupings, the young generation of painters discusses, experiments and works.

After returning to Germany, Naschberger moves to Cologne and joins the Mülheimer Freiheit. Here he begins to paint conceptually. After the dissolution of the group in 1982, he continues to work in Cologne until he finally moves to the USA at the end of the 80s. Naschberger experimented with different styles, always dictated by the content, which he continually reinvented. His work is characterized by the use of proven, symbolic motifs from popular culture.