Kristján Gudmundsson is an Icelandic artist with an international background. He was born in 1941 in Snaefellsnes on the west coast of Iceland. As a young man he tried several professions before becoming an artist like his brother Sigurdur (who, in fact, represents Sortland in Artscape Nordland).
Between 1970 and 1979, Kristján Gudmundsson was a resident of Amsterdam and already well known in Europe. He took part in several important art exhibitions. Two major retrospectives of his work were held in Reykjavik in 1989 and Malmø in 1993. He is also represented at various important art museums in the Nordic region and Europe, including the National Museum of Modern Art in Paris, Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Moderne Museet in Stockholm and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki.
Kristján Gudmundsson’s work is highly respected in artist circles. He escapes personal speculations in his art and tries not to convince us about anything definite. To him, the artwork’s material is “like a vehicle for images and ideas”, and his task as an artist is to fuse concept and vehicle into one.
: 1941 Snaefellsnes, Island
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