Ouborg was until halfway through the first world war in Netherlands teacher. In 1916 he went to Dutch East Indies where he worked as an art teacher and educator. During a leave in Netherlands in 1923 began Ouborg, which was a self-taught , experimenting with Cubism and in 1931, when he was on leave again, he went to Brussels, where he discovered surrealism . He was strongly influenced by the work of the Spanish surrealist painter Joan Miró.
When he finally returned to Netherlands in 1938 he settled in Haarlem, then in Amsterdam and finally in 1939 in the Hague, where he was teaching art history and drawing. Vincent van Gogh was a great example.
In 1947, he exhibited his work with the group Experimentalists in the Haagse kunstkring. With his work, but he wanted to ditch Ouborg at Cobra of that movement are not members. In the 1950s he belonged to the working group The new team in Voorburg. In 1950 he got for his father and son -drawing not uncontroversial-the Jacob Maris price for the art of drawing.
The work of Piet Ouborg can be counted amongst the art movement the new Hague School.
Work of Ouborg is included in the collection of the:
- Gemeentemuseum The Hague
- Dordrechts Museum in Dordrecht
- Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam
- Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven
- Groninger Museum in Groningen
- Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam
- Stedelijk Museum Schiedam in Schiedam
- Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam
- 2009/2010 Cobra museum, Amstelveen
- Mask, 1937
- Blue oval, 1947
- Archer, 1950
- Koos van Brakel, Michiel Morel, Michael Gibbs et. al = The mask the mask as an intermediary as an standard: Piet Ouborg, Bajraghosa, Eko Nugroho, N ^ a ^ N Ambalah Bayang Terra, in: present, the Hague 2008 p. 18-19.
The appreciation for the work of Ouborg got an award in 1990 with the establishment of the Ouborg Prize, the prize of the city of the Hague for Hague artists of local and national significance. The prize is awarded annually (biennially since 1997).