ragnar helgi ólafsson


Visual artist, writer | Iceland



Ragnar Helgi Ólafsson studied philosophy at the University of Iceland and later fine arts at the Ecole Supérieure dart d’Aix en Provence. He now works both as a poet and writer and as a visual artist often producing large scale installations, dealing with the elementary banalities of the human condition: the connections between oneself and others, poetry, time and memory. Ragnar Helgi also collaborates on various projects with other artist such as Douglas Stanley, Daniel Björnsson and Ragnar Kjartansson. He has exhibited his works widely in museums and galleries such as MoMA PS1-Colony (New York), TBA21 Augarten (Vienna), KIASMA (Helsinki), Dimensions Variable (Miami) and The National Gallery of Iceland (Reykjavik).  Ragnar’s books of fiction and poetry have appeared in translations in both Germany and France. In 2015 he received the Tómas Guðmundsson Literary Prize for Poetry and in December 2017 he was nominated for Icelandic Literary Prize for his latest book (« A practical guide to forgetfullness », Bjartur 2017).


Ragnar Helgi runs the publishing house Tunglið forlag, which publishes between 6 and 8 works of fiction and poetry each year, as well as being a part of 1005-collective which publishes the « 1005-annual » in May of each year. Ragnar is one of the editors of « Ljóðbréf – A journal of contemporary poetry. »



Along with his artistic practice, Ragnar Helgi teaches part-time at the Iceland Academy of the Arts, is part of the Kórus Collective Choir Project, plays in various bands as well as working in graphic design.



Víðimelur 52 | 107 Reykjavík | Iceland