Born 1976 in Reykjavik, Iceland, Ragnar Kjartansson graduated from The Royal Academy, Stockholm, Sweden and the Icelandic Academy of arts in 2001. Since then his career has been characterized by experiments with visual art, music and theater.A member of the group Trabant, he explores the boundaries between electronic rock and performance. Working simultaneously as an artist and a musician, he considers himself mainly a performance artist. Kjartansson also creates videos, paintings, and installations, which relate to his performances. His pieces are characterized by the interplay between contradictory ional feelings; sorrow and happiness, horror and beauty, drama and humor.
His most recent shows include 2007 Bard Center for Curatorial Studies, Annadale, New York, USA 2007 Guilt Trip, i8, Reykjavik, Iceland, 2006 Sorrow conquers happiness, Galerie Adler, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 2006 Dreamland Burns, Budapest M_csarnok, Hungary, 2006 Momentum, Nordic Festival of Contemporary Art, Moss, Norway, 2006 Icelandic Art in the 3rd Millenium, Reykjavik Art Museum, Iceland, 2005 The Great Unrest, Dagsbrún, Reykjavík Art Festival, Eyjafjöll, Iceland, 2004 Monument of Love, Gallery GUK+; Lejre, Denmark; Bremen, Germany; Selfoss, Iceland, 2004 Intimacy (with Magnús Sigurðarsson), ASÍ Museum, Reykjavík Art Festival, Reykjavík, Iceland, 2004 Oh My God, Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland. The last Happenings and Performances: 2004- 05 Theater of Artist, four night of performances, Klink and Bank, Reykjavík, Iceland, 2004 Oracle 2005, Perfromance with Asdis Sif Gunnarsdottir, Iðnó and Bad Taste Recordstore, Reykjavík, Icelan.