Born 1967 in Sydney, Australia. Lives and works in New York and Oslo.
Bjarne Melgaard is a Norwegian artist who recently moved to Norway from New York, where he worked and lived for more than a decade. Melgaard started out in the mid 1990ʼs with a neo expressionistic, frantic style of painting, sculpture and installation. Bjarne Melgaardʼs art deals with the dark side of humanity, such as self-destruction, deviant sexuality and odd religious beliefs. It provides an insight into subcultures and parallel worlds that exists alongside the world of normality. It often discusses, investigates and pushes the boundaries of societal acceptance.
Melgaard has had more than forty-five solo exhibitions in leading galleries around the world. His work has been seen in numerous group shows and at international art fairs; he is a frequent curator and collaborator, has written more than a dozen novels, and produced seven films. His latest book, A New Novel (2012), is the first English language novel published by Norwegian publishing giant Aschehoug. Melgaard’s work is owned by leading museums and art collections. In 2011, Melgaard represented Norway at La Biennale Di Venezia, 54th International Art Exhibition, Venice. He has twice participated in the Biennale de Lyon. In 2011, Melgaard was given a mid-career retrospective at the Astrup Fearnley Museum in Oslo. In 2014, Melgaard participated in The Whitney Biennial and in January 2015 Melgaard was the focus of the first of six important exhibitions at the Munch Museum in Oslo. MELGAARD + MUNCH The end of it all has already happened placed Edvard Munch's oeuvre in direct dialogue with works by Melgaard. In late 2016, Skira Rizzoli published the first comprehensive monograph of the artist’s career.