Herbert Ploberger was born in 1902 in Wels and studied between 1921 and 1926 at the Viennese Kunstgewerbeschule, where Schufinsky, Cižek and Böhm were his teachers. In 1927 he moved to Berlin and started as a drawer for the journal “Der Querschnitt”. In 1929 his works were shown in exhibitions of the New Realism in Germany and in the Netherlands. Together with the architect Clemens Holzmeister he designed costumes and stage designs for “Faust”-staging of Max Reinhardt in Salzburg. From 1934 he mainly worked for the film production companies UFA, Terra and Tobis. In 1945 he painted a series of views of the bombarded city of Berlin. In 1946 he started to work for theatre productions and designed costumes and stage designs for example for the Landestheater of Linz, for the Viennese theatre Josefstadt and for the Vienna State Opera. In 1950 he moved to Munich and occasionally worked for the staging of the Viennese Burgtheater. Herbert Ploberger died in Munich in 1977.