artist profile

“To understand his art better one could call him the George Melies of the Modern Age” – Arte TV

After studying Fine Art at the University of Paris – St.Denis (1995) and the Icelandic College of Arts and Crafts (1997), the Berlin-based Icelandic artist Egill Sæbjörnsson (b. 1973) began composing music and singing. A lot like much of his artwork came to be in coming years, his compositions were sweet and many times humorous, often ironic and yet more often with a clear philosophical intention.
In 1999, he began using his drawing and painting education to create his own animated music videos, enhancing his creative reach along his music. Soon, he began integrating himself more and more into his pieces, often switching his likeness through extravagant characterizations and ambiguous voice intonations. A shift in his work mode began after these first interdisciplinary explorations, as it moved towards a place where the music – albeit impressively composed – slowly became secondary, and the animation/performance became an issue to be more carefully regarded.

Over the past twenty-five years Egill has developed works of art that bring together 3D environments, digital projections, technology and sound. It’s revolving around small intimate exhibitions in museums or galleries to large-scale permanent public works. His ground-breaking architectural installation Steinkugel for the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin, is the first self-generating permanent video installation initiated outdoors in Germany.

His art is seemingly humorous and playful, but seeks deeper ontological and philosophical issues. He regularly gives lecture performances where he examines the theoretical basis of his practice. Egill Sæbjörnsson has exhibited at the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin, the Frankfurter Kunstverein, the National Gallery in Prague, the 57th Art Biennale in Venice, and in 2019 he was nominated for the Ars Fennica Art Prize in Finland.