Ragnar Kjartansson

Ragnar Kjartansson, Hot Shame - The Quest of Shelley's Heart, 2007, watercolour on paper, installation view at Galleria Riccardo Crespi Ragnar Kjartansson, Hot Shame - The Quest of Shelley's Heart, 2007, watercolour on paper, installation view at Galleria Riccardo Crespi

Born in Reykjavík, Iceland, in 1976, lives and works in Reykjavík.

Ragnar Kjartansson likes to call himself a bluesman: a romantic artist who uses blues to purify his soul. Incredible performative talent, Kjartansson is an eclectic artist capable of emotionally penetrating the public through complex installations in which he performs for hours, for days, bringing melancholy heroes to the fictional scene, telling a sad and yet incredibly beautiful life, a vehicle of piercing passion and despair. In contact, from childhood, with the Icelandic theatrical environment - her parents are an actress and a director - Ragnar Kjartansson develops an artistic practice that involves the most disparate means of expression: from video to sculpture, from music to drawings, from the song to the performance. In performative activity Kjartansson manages to synthesize all the expressive means in the same temporal and visual space: space of the absolute illusion in which to interpret, in a sort of strange and slow trance, romantic and sad, happy and defeated characters.

Hot Shame - The Quest of Shelley's Heart, 2007