Maria Kjartans

Artist Statement

      Icelandic born artist María Kjartans graduated with her BA from The Icelandic Art Academy in 2005 & MFA from Glasgow School of Art in 2007.  Since then she has been living & working in London, Paris & Reykjavik, exhibiting her photography & films around the world. María was rewarded Signature Art Awards in London & the IdeasTap / Magnum Photographic Awards for her series 'Clearly Remote' in 2011.

María is one of the co-founders at Vinnslan, which focuses on mixed media, performances & filmmaking. The group's debut film was recently nominated as best short film at Bornshorts Film Festival in Denmark in 2014, which María co-wrote & directed, as well as being director of photography.


María's work is currently presented by DegreeArt Gallery in London & Labworlds Fine Art Gallery in Paris.







Solo Exhibitions
2015 “Spiritual Landscapes”, Stefnumot art and culture, Keflavik
2013 “Spiritual Landscapes”, DegreeArt Gallery, London
2013 “Spiritual Landscapes”, Edinborg cultural house, Ísafjörður
2011 “Clearly Remote”, CAM: Casoria contemporary art museum, Paris
2009 “Lonely Place dwellers”, Miraggio club , London
2009 “Shared Future”, Empire Gallery, London

Group Exhibitions
2015 “ÍSÓ2015/FÍSL”, Gamla Rækjuverksmiðjan, Ísafjordur
2014 “Landform”, the Norwegian House and Tang and Riis gallery, Stockholm
2014 “Poetry exhibition”, The court house, Luxembourg
2014 “Lfat festival off”, Off venue, Le Touquet Paris plage
2014 “Gaktu í bæinn”, Myndlistarsýning Menningarnætur, Reykjavík
2014 “Steypa”, Old Herring factory, Djupavik
2013 “Betur sjá augu en auga”, Reykjavik Museum of Photography, Reykjavik
2012 “HonnunarMars / DesignMarch”, Kaenuvogur Lsithús, Reykjavik
2012 “Sample 12”, Print Space, London
2012 “Magmart festival”, Execution room, Napoli
2011 "ÖÖ-Was it a Dream #3", Helios cinema, Tallinn
2011 “IdeasTap-Magnum Photographic awards”, Old Truman Brevery, London
2011 “Signature Art Award”, Execution room, London
2011 “2nd Roma Pavilion”-Media archive, Venice Biennale, Venice
2010-2011 "Fata Morgana" Meno Parkas Gallery, Kaunas, Lithuania
2010 "ÖÖ-Was it a Dream?", Nordic Avant-Garde, Stockholm
2010 "Art Takes", (AAF), Battersea Park, London
2010 "Pedder Photography Exhibition", Bigger Picture Gallery, London
2010 "Foolery", City Arts and Music Project, London
2010 “The Signature Art Award" O Gallery, London
2010 "20x20", Madame Lilllies Gallery, London
2010 “The Pursuit of Happiness”, Arsenal Gallery, Poznan
2009 “The Pursuit of Happiness”, This is not a Gateeway Festival, London
2009 “Cellule de Crise, La Generale, Paris
2009 “Cold Horizons”, Museum de Nervi, Genoa, Nervi, Italy
2008 “Working London”, Willesden Green Gallery, London
2008 “Berlin New Live festival”, Berlin, New York
2008 “Nordic moods”, Arken Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen
2008 “UVP (Worldwide)”, Lowsalt Gallery, Glasgow
2007 - 2008 "Where the Baltic Sea and people meet" Travelling exhibition
2007 “London Group open exhibition, Menier Gallerie-Chocolate factory, London

Achievements & Awards

Ideas Tap - Magnum Photography and film awards Ideas Tap & Magnum Photos Winner 2017
Signature Art awards Winner 2017


Publication Title Article Title Date
The Photo Phore ULTRA WATER FLOW | the PhotoPhore exhibition 2016