Ragnar Kjartansson (IS)
Self portraits from room 413
Kjartansson draws on the entire arc of art in his performative practice. The history of film, music, theatre, visual culture and literature finds its way into his video installations, durational performances, drawing and painting. Pretending and staging become key tools in the artist's attempt to convey sincere emotion and offer a genuine experience to the audience. Kjartansson recently checked into a room in Hotel Holt where he painted several self-portraits that will be visible among the permanent display of historic modern painters on the ground floor.
Kjartansson studied at the Iceland Academy of the Arts, he was born in 1976 in Reykjavík, where he still lives today.