Stein Rønning

Stein Rønning (b. 1953) in Askim, Norway, received his artistic education from The Trondheim Academy of Fine Art and Vestlandets Kunstakademi in Bergen. After several decades of teaching and holding professorships at Oslo National Academy of the Arts and Bergen Academy of Arts and Design, Rønning has exhibited regularly in recent years, as well as publishing a series of smaller publications and two monographs. In his work he pursues an interest in combining painting, photography and object. His photographic prints seem to camouflage as painted surfaces and the finely tuned nuances among the works themselves command a heightened sense of attention in the viewer, as well as a calibration of the exhibition space. Rønning employs a similar complex and conceptual approach to his long-standing and meandering series of sculptures in various materials as plaster and cellulose coated with pigments and polymers, as well as patinated cast bronze.

Selected works


Born 1953 in Askim, Norway
Lives and works in Oslo, Norway

Artist’s homepage


1978-79 Vestlandets Kunstakademi, Bergen, Norway
1975-78 Trondheim Academy of Fine Art, Trondheim, Norway


2024 Script-intern #I, Galleri Riis, Oslo
2022 Epicurean Allegory, Galleri Riis, Oslo
2021 dis tribution, Hordaland Kunstsenter, Bergen
2019 40 Pictures, Galleri Riis, Oslo
2017 Speil, Galleri Riis, Oslo
2016 Tracing the score II, Galleri Riis, Oslo
2014 esplaceant (unfinished business), Galleri Riis, Oslo
2014 Hierlieu, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo
2013 Méange, Kristiansand Kunsthall, Kristiansand, Norway
2012 Austiére, Galleri Riis, Oslo
2009 Sett, Galleri Riis, Oslo
2009 Bomuldsfabriken Kunsthall, Arendal, Norway
2008 Trondhjems Kunstforening, Trondheim, Norway
1995 Prosjekthallen, Trondheim Academy of Fine Art, Trondheim
1995 Galleri Riis, Oslo
1993 Trondhjems Kunstforening, Trondheim
1987 Bergen Kunstforening, Bergen
1987 Høymagasinet, Akershus Festning / Care of Galleri Riis, Oslo
1980 Galleri 1, Bergen


2020 Group show Covid 19, Galeri Arnaud Lefebvre, Paris
2019 Market Art Fair, Stockholm
2017 SNO131-, Non Objective Art. SNO, Sydney, Australia
2016 Stille bilder, Lillehammer Kunstmuseum, Lillehammer
2016 Unflatten, Prosjektrom Normanns, Stavanger
2015 Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, Australia
2014 Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum, Tromsø, Norway
2012 Carnegie Art Award, Oslo, Stockholm, Helsinki, Copenhagen
2011 Gallery D.O.R., Brussels
2011 Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum, Tromsø, Norway
2001 Rogaland Kunstmuseum, with Jan Groth, Kjell Bjørgeengen and Heidi Skjerve, Stavanger, Norway
1995 Gallerie Nächst St. Stephan with Iza Gentzken, Meuser and Willi Kopf, Wien, Austria
1990 Ti fra Norden, with Kristjan Gudmundsson, Jan Groth, Fredrik Wretman a.o., The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo
1989 Møte i Nord, with Barry Flanegan, Bill Woodrow, Imi Knoebel, Ulrich Rückriem, a.o., Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo


The Art Museum of Northern Norway, Tromsø, Norway
Rogaland Kunstmuseum, Stavanger, Norway
KUNSTEN Museum of Modern Art, Aalborg, Denmark
The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo, Norway
Sørlandets Kunstmuseum, Kristiansand, Norway
Trondheim Art Museum, Trondheim, Norway