Albert was born in Ansbach, Germany and spent his childhood and youth in Kärnten, Austria.
From 1958 - 1964 he studied painting at the "Hochschule für bildende Künste" in Braunschweig under Professor Voigt. At the very same academy Prof. Hermann Albert until today teaches painting since 1985. Albert lives and works in Cortona, Milano and Braunschweig. Single exhibitions included 1974 Galerie Der Spiegel, Köln, 1986 Sprengel Museum, Hannover, 1991 Studio d'Arte Cannaviello, Milano. Group exhibitions included 1974 Salon des Jeunes Peintures, Paris, 1979 Internationaler Realismus Heute, Kunstverein und Kunsthaus, Hamburg, 1987 Avantgarde in the Eighties, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1988 Refigured Painting - The German Image, 1960 - 88, Toledo Museum of Art, Guggenheim Museum, New York, Kunstmuseum Düsseldorf.
Albert was awarded with the Villa Romana Prize, Florence 1971. Not only since the beginning of the Seventies when Albert stayed in the Toscana, he very much analysed for himself the italian art and cultural history. Albert questions whether art should always "represent the presence". He most certainly paints in a more traditional manner - at the same time incorporating contemporary trends, thoughts and fears - which in itself is very traditional. Jürgen Schilling opines that "Albert is not afraid at all to set a counterpoint to the dominant avantgarde. His figurative paintings disclose a form of simplicity, through which we can discover the hidden sense of being, which really creates the artwork's beauty."