artist profile

He is the bitumen-dandy, broken musician, a languid artist and a stoic romantic.

Stephan Stephensen (b.1971) contents himself pretending to be an outsider of Reykjavik’s art-world, yet unwillingly he is a very influential artist. He is the bitumen-dandy, broken musician, a languid artist and a stoic romantic.

Stephan, aka Gluteus Maximus aka ADSR aka President Bongo aka President Penis, wears many hats, but likes to refer to himself as ‘an emotional carpenter’. And the name is fitting: throughout his illustrious career, Bongo has built, tooled, shaped and reconstructed reality in a manner that has touched upon the emotional spheres of thousands, greatly increasing their quality of life and inner harmony in the process.
President Bongo began properly mastering his craft as a founding member of the pioneering electronic band GusGus, which has steadily gone from strength to strength since forming in 1995.
As GusGus, Gluteus Maximus and ADSR have evolved and progressed through the years Bongo remains a key element, making innumerable contributions through his work, which has ranged from design, film & photography to singing, songwriting, and production.
In spring 2015, however, President Bongo leaves GusGus after 20 years of loyal service to become his own master’s voice and in october, same year, we experience the birth of his first solo album, Serengeti, relased via AlbumLabel / Shitkatapult), followed in 2019 by Quadrantes (Radio Bongo), produced & arranged with Óttar Sæmundsen.