Sverre Bjertnæs (b. 1976) is considered one of Norway's most important and central contemporary artists. Over the past ten years, he has also made a name for himself on the international art scene with works that are characterized by a poetic adaptation of existential themes based on an autobiographical content.
Bjertnæs was born and raised in Trondheim. He has been apprenticed to some of Norway's most famous figurative artists. In the period 1989-93 he was a student of Tore Bjørn Skjølsvik and in the years 1993-94 of Odd Nerdrum, then he studied for four years at the Norwegian Academy of Fine Arts in Oslo under Arvid Pettersen and Jan Sæther.
In Bjertnæs' work, one finds a strong interest in exploring and clarifying the dialogue-based starting point of the creative process, whether it is about an art historical material or the collaboration with other visual artists, directors, actors or writers. Through the use of literary and art historical references, a distinctive, polyphonic dramaturgy is created.