Born 1965, Reykjavik, Iceland
Magnus Sigurdarson's works employ a range of media, from interventions in public space and sculptural installations to intimate photographic and video work.
Magnus Sigurdarson exposes his own vulnerability in discrete acts, each of them acknowledging the pathos of his (and our) being. With a self-deprecating sense of humor, Sigurdarson plays out his heightened awareness of being out of place in his characters as the painted singing Roman statue, the marooned Icelander on South Beach, the English Beefeater man in the streets of London, or a Union soldier on an Indian battlefield. His works employ a range of media, from interventions in public space and sculptural installations to intimate photographic and video work.
He has exhibited at Reykjavik Art Museum, the Icelandic Consulate in Berlin, Dimensions Variable, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens and Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami. Sigurdarson studied art at Studio Cecil and Graves, Florence, Italy (1988), The Icelandic College of Arts and Crafts (1992) and Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA (1997). He is a Fulbright Scholarship Recipient with multiple grants and awards. His works are included in the collections of Debra and Dennis Scholl, Miami Beach; Alberto Chebebar, Miami Beach; Collezione La Gaia, Busca, Italy, MDD – Museum Dhondt – Dhaenes, Gent, Belgium; The Icelandic National Gallery, Reykjavik; The Reykjavik Municipal Museum, Reykjavik; The Related Group, Miami and The Private Collection of Emmanuel Javogue, Miami. Magnus Sigurdarson is represented by Emerson Dorsch, Miami. He currently lives and works in Miami, Florida.
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
Adios Melancholy – The Parroty of Life, Emerson Dorsch, Miami, FL
ATHOFN & YFIRSKYN/PROCESS & PRETENSE, Listasafn Reykjavikur
Hafnarhus / Reykjavik Art Museum, Hafnarhus
1001 DREAMS OF OCCUPATION – What’s in it for me? Dorsch Gallery, Miami FL
ABSENTEEISM, Dimensions Variable, Miami
FALL OF THE PEDESTIAL SENTIENCE – last stand of the Fabulous, Terrific and Super, Gallery Dorsch, Miami
OPERATION BEEFEATER, of man and his Nature, PanAmerican Art Projects, Miami
OPERATION WORKLOAD, Dot 51, Miami
THE FUNDAMENTALLY RIGHT PROJECT, Pan American Art Projects, Dallas
TROPICAL ITCH, aesthetics of scratching, Kevin Bruk Gallery, Miami
OFF/ON TARGET, Art Center/South Florida, Miami Beach, Florida
DIVINE INTERVENTION, Marina Kessler Gallery, Miami, Florida
PROJECT DIAGNOSIS OF THE OBVIOUS, Gallery Kling & Bang, Reykjavik, Iceland
FREEDOM OF CHOICE, New Icelandic Art, on reality, man and image, The Icelandic National Gallery, Reykjavik
DIAGNOSIS OF THE OBVIOUS, Marina Kessler Gallery, Miami
SUCK/SUCKLE, Gallery Hlemmur, Reykjavik
STORM, Gallery Hlemmur, Reykjavik