CV / About

Ómar Stefánsson
Visual artist born in 1960
Based in Reykjavík/Berlin
Email: omar.stefansson.artist@gmail.com 

Portrait by Lilja Draumland

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Ómar Stefánsson is considered one of Iceland’s foremost painters and is notorious for his controversial performance work, created in collaboration with the infamous art brut groups Bruni BB and Inferno 5.

He has exhibited his work alongside artists such as Cy Twombly, Joseph Beuys at the Gallery Händschin in Basel, Sviss. The National Icelandic Art Museum and The Reykjavík Art Museum have bought his work as well as the Technical Academy of Iceland, private collectors and companies. He also created an on site work for the train station in Basel, Switzerland with artists Dieter Roth, Dominik Steiger and André Thomkins.

Ómar Stefánsson was born in 1960 and graduated in 1981 from the Experimental Art Department in Reykjavík, Iceland. He traveled with Hermann Nitsch around Europe during his studies, as a participant in Nitsch’s performances. Ómar Stefánsson also studied painting in Berlin with Professor Klaus Fussman at the Hochschule der Künste, from where he graduated as a Meisterschuler in 1987.


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Education

1981 M.H.Í Experimental Art Department, Reykjavík, Iceland
1986 Hochschule der Kuenste m/ prof. Klaus Fussmann, Berlin, Germany 


Selected Solo exhibitions
2022 Flat Theatre for an Uneven Revolution, ForA Galllery, Berlin, Germany
2021 Die Lufte, Ricksdorf Silent Garten, 48 Stunden, Neukölln-Berlin, Germany

2020 Velvet-Monkey Art Market, Berlin, Germany
2019 Ruckblick auf die Zukunft, Kempgehlender, Berlín
2017 Graphic works, Mengi, Reykjavík, Iceland
2016 Criminal Stories, Ekkisens Art Space, Reykjavík, Iceland
2015 Hjá Steinunni á Granda, skúlptúrsýning, Reykjavík, Iceland
2014 Sumar Vetrarbrautir, Anarkía, Reykjavík, Iceland
2013 Safnasafnið Museum, Akureyri, Iceland
2011 Listamenn Gallerí, Reykjavík, Iceland
2011 Fótboltaballet, Kex Hostel, Reykjavík, Iceland
2010 Einkasýning á Bar46, Reykjavík, Iceland
2008 Reykjavík Art Gallery, Reykjavík, Iceland
2006 Hjá Ófeigi á Skólavörðustíg, Reykjavík, Iceland
2005 Næsti Bar, Reykjavík, Iceland
2004 Gallery Ici, Basel, Switzerland
2002 Næsti  Bar, Reykjavík, Iceland
1999: Á Seyði, listahátíð á Seyðisfirði, Iceland
1999: Gallerí Fold, Reykjavík, Iceland
1997: Gallerí 22, Reykjavík, Iceland
1996: Gallerí Hornið, Reykjavík, Iceland
1995: Gallerí 22, Reykjavík, Iceland
1994: Online exhibition (this.is/inferno 5 )
1993: Kunsthalle Turku, Finland
1993: Café Splitt, Reykjavík, Iceland
1991: Gallerí yfir strikið, Reykjavík, Iceland
1986: Gallerí svart á hvítu, Reykjavík, Iceland
1985: Café Gestur, Reykjavík, Iceland
1981: Rauða Húsið. Akureyri, Iceland
1976: Mokka, Reykjavík, Iceland 

Selected group exhibition
2014: Nýmálað, Reykjavík Art Museum, Reykjavík, Iceland
2004: Gallerí Ici, Basel, Switzerland
2003 Gerðuberg, sýningarstjóri Sjón
2002 Nýja málverkið, The Living Art Museum, Reykjavík, Iceland
2000: @ Projekt, Icelandic National Art Museum,  Reykjavík, Iceland
2000: “Biggi býður”, ASÍ, Art Museum, Reykjavík, Iceland
1999: Heine-Onstadt í Oslo, Norway
1999: Samnorræn myndasögusýning í Norræna húsinu og bók
1998: Projekt 98 Listaskálinn í Hveragerði, Iceland
1998: Sýning fyrir allt, og tímarit fyrir allt, Seyðisfirði, Iceland
1997: Fjölnir, Reykjavík Art Museum, Reykjavík, Iceland
1995: Gallerí Greip og Við Hamarinn, Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
1991: Gallerí Overgaden, Copenhagen, Denmark
1990: Nonaginta, Hafnarborg Art Museum, Iceland
1989: Nýl. safn. Living Art Museum, Reykjavík, Iceland
1988: Undir Pilsfaldinum, Reykjavík, Iceland
1988: Reykjavík Art Festival, Reykjavík, Iceland
1987: IBM Kjarvalstaðir, Reykjavík Art Museum, Reykjavík, Iceland
1987: Living Art Museum, Reykjavík, Iceland
1986: Living Art Museum, Reykjavík, Iceland
1985: Gallerí Pedersen. V. Berlin, Germany
1984: Útgefin. Hazard Zone í Berlin, Germany
1984 : Gallerí Kleisther. V. Berlin, Germany
1983: Stúdentakjallarinn, Reykjavík, Iceland
1983: Gallerí Handschin. Basel, Switzerland
1983: Veggmálverk á Hauptbanhof. Basel, Switzerland
1983: The Living Art Museum, Reykjavík, Iceland
1982: “7”. The Nordic House, Reykjavík, Iceland
1982: Gallerí Lækjartorg, Reykjavík, Iceland
1981: The Living Art Museum, Reykjavík, Iceland
1979: Gallerí Suðurgata 7, Reykjavík, Iceland 


Performances
2017: Inferno5, Mengi, Reykjavík 
2017: Inferno5, Ekkisens
2016: Inferno5, Harpa, Airwaves Festival
2014: Inferno5, Sumar Vetrarbrautir, Anarkía
2014: Inferno5, Extreme Chill Festival, Hellissandur 
2013: Inferno5, Extreme Chill Festival, Hellissandur 
2012: Inferno5, AirWaves OffVenue, Venue 
2011: Inferno5, Akin to a Mannequin, Barinn 
2009: Inferno5, Monninganótt @ Menningarnótt, Reykjavík 
2006: Inferno5, Organ Bar, Reykjavík
2000: Spaceship Vatican, Short movie by Inferno 5
1995: Inferno5, Vísiakademía Bjarna Þórarinssonar, Living Art Museum, Reykjavík
1993 Inferno5, Das Unbekannte Tier, Stuttgart, Germany 
1993: Inferno5, NGA. Festival Stuttgart, Germany 
1993: Inferno5, 16, Dagar, Living Art Musem, Reykjavík 
1992: Inferno5, Galdramessa, Gaukur á Stöng.
1992: Inferno5, Útg. 6 hljóðsnældur frá ´85-´92.
1992: Inferno5, Shad Thames Galleries London, U.K. 
1992: Inferno5, Smiths Galleries London, U.K. 
1992: Inferno5, Turku, Finnland
1991: Inferno5, “Eitthvað er í hafinu” í garðinum á N1.
1991: Inferno5, Níunda nóttin og klámkórinn, Fagrihv. Hafnarf.
1990: Inferno5, Níunda nóttin, N1.
1990: Inferno5, Heilun, Bar 22.
1989: Inferno5, Mannlegt eðli og Tónverkir á Landjuwell hátíðinni, Holland
1989: Inferno5, Melkweg Amsterdam, Holland
1989: Inferno5, Fremtidens Rum, Copenhagen, Denmark 
1989: Inferno5, Rakgaldrar og Hnefarétturinn á Projektil, Living Art Museum
1989: Inferno5, Rykdjöflar, Living Art Museum 
1988: Inferno5, Chrysocolla, Draghálsi.
1988: Inferno5, Ísland er best” og ” Ljóðsen Hljóðsen” Undir Pilsfaldinum.
1987: Inferno5, Klumbudans” og “Líf á líkbörum” Snæfellsás, Arnarstapa.
1986: Inferno5, Living Art Museum
1986: Inferno5, Hjólað í hringi” Árnanes , Hornaf.
1985: Inferno5, Allt sem börnum er bannað” Café Gestur.
1984: Inferno5, Living Art Museum 

….along with various concerts all over the world 


Publications:
2016: Criminal Stories, an illustrated storybook of crimes BOOK
2000: @ CD
1999: “Ómar Stefánsson” Multimedia CD
1996: Angeli Demoniaque Omnigena imbecilli Sunt, Inferno 5 CD
1982-1995: Bandormur, Comic Magazine in five editions PRINT
1985-1990: Five published cassettes with Inferno5, also available as CD
1995: Paintings and sketches  PRINT
1989: “Projekt grafík ” BOOK
1985: “Hazard zone” Grafíkbók ásamt Birni Roth
1982: “Bruni BB ” CASSETTE
1980: “Bók um bók o.fl.” PRINT
1980 “Island Symfonie” fyrir Hermann Nitsch, VINYL
1979: “Summer music” for Dieter Roth