Espen Gangvik is a Norwegian artist and curator. Gangvik studied at the Academy of Fine Art in Trondheim from 1980 to 1984.

Gangvik is noted as an artist that from a constructivist perspective works “…between reality and virtuality. His sculptures – often performed in metal or other materials that give a sense of possessing mass and a fixed form – is based on the manipulation of space using geometry and mathematics as the basic tool.”

Prof. Øivind Storm Bjerke, 2000

In 2002 Gangvik founded the non-profit organisation ‘TEKS – Trondheim Electronic Arts Centre‘, which aims to facilitate the production and dissemination of art that utilizes new technologies and scientific insights, and he is currently the CEO of the foundation.

Gangvik has from 2002 amongst other practiced as curator through the annual festival ‘Trondheim Matchmaking’, organised by TEKS from 2002 to 2009, and from 2010 to the present, the festival’s successor, biennale for art and technology ‘Meta.Morf‘.

Since 1984 he has participated in numerous group exhibitions at home and abroad. He is represented in many public collections and as such purchased by the Norwegian Council for Cultural Affairs, the National Gallery and the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Gangvik has since 1986 carried out several major commissions, including The National Monument of Freedom, ‘Trinigon’, 1995-2005, Narvik.


Born in Tromsø. Lives in Trondheim
Studied at Trondheim Academy of Fine Art from 1980 to ’84.

Solo Exhibitions

2007 Trondheim Kunstmuseum
2000 Trondhjems Kunstforening
1988 Galleri Heer
1988 Trondhjems Kunstforening
1986 Unge Kunstneres Samfund

Group Exhibitions

2012 Sculpture and Object XVII, Bratislava, Slovakia
2010 2011 Blodig alvor, Bergen kunstmuseum, Haugar Vestfold Kunstmuseum, Sørlandet Kunstmuseum, Trondheim Kunstmuseum
2005 Gester und Geometrie, Nils Aas Kunstverksted, Inderøy
2004 Gester und Geometrie, Marburg kunstverein, Marburg, Tyskland
2003 6x9x30x30, Trondheim Kunstmuseum
2002 Oktagon, Trondheim Kunstforening
2002 Konkret, Nonfigurativ kunst i Norge 1920 – 2000, Lillehammer Kunstmuseum, Trondheim Kunstmuseum, Bergen Kunstmuseum 2001 / Nord Art 2001, Büdelsdorf, Tyskland
2000 2000 pluss / minus, Nordnorsk samtidskunst, Bodø Kunstforening, Bodø – Rovaniemen Taidemuseo, Rovaniemi – Samisk Kunstnersenter, Karasjok – Nordnorsk Kunstnersentrum, Svolvær- Konstens Hus, Luleå
1999 Lars Tiller, Trondhjems Kunstforening
1998 Eksilkunst, Tromsø Kunstforening
1998 Nordiske spor, Den Frie Utstilling, København
1997 Trondheim 1000 år, Bleken, Gangvik, Gullvåg, Stokstad – Galleri Siverts, Bergen
1996 Electra’ 96, Henie-Onstad Kunstsenter, Høvikodden / Norsk Billedhoggerforening 50 år, Trondhjems Kunstforening
1995 Labyrint, Trondhjems Kunstforening
1994 Tegning som utsmykking, Tegnerforbundet, Oslo
1993 Max 5, Tromsø Kunstforening / Hommage, Trondhjems Kunstforening
1991 The Magnificient Seven, Stavanger Kunstforening
1990 1990 Status, Oslo Kunstforening / Posisjoner, Trondhjems Kunstforening
1988 TBK 40 år, Trøndelag Kunstnersenter
1987 Midt-Nordiske Kunstdager, Trondhjems Kunstforening / NOrsk NEO-GEOmetri, Drammen Kunstforening
1984 Trønderske posisjoner, Wasa Konsthall og Galleri Aktuell Kunst / KiT 10 år, Trondhjems Kunstforening / Utgard, Trondhjems Kunstforening

Regional Exhibitions

1999/1997/1993/1990/1989/1988/1987 Statens Kunstutstilling
2001/1999/1994/1989/1985/1984 Trøndelagsutstillingen
1984 Den Nord-Norske Kunstutstilling

Public Collections

2003 Norsk kulturråd
2000 Malvik Kommune
1999 Sørlandets Kunstmuseum / Trondheim Kommune
1998 Trondheim Kunstmuseum
1995 Trondhjems Kunstforening
1993 Nord-Norsk Kunstmuseum / Troms fylkeskommune
1988 Museet for Samtidskunst / Trondheim Kommune / Oslo Kommunes Kunstsamlinger
1987 Drammen Kunstforening
1986 Norsk kulturråd / Nord-Trøndelag Fylkesgalleri
1985 Riksgalleriet
1984 Norsk kulturråd
1983 Sør-Trøndelag fylke

Commissioned Projects

2009 Fauske videregående skole
2004 Åsvang skole, Trondheim
2002 HINT, Høyskolen i Nord-Trøndelag, Levanger
2001 Stavanger postterminal, Forus
2000 Tiller videregående skole, Trondheim
1995/2005 – Det Nasjonale Frihetsmonument, Trinigon, Narvik
1994 Statoil, Trondheim / Kulturadmin., Trondheim Kommune
1993 Lillehammer Skysstasjon / Sintef, Petroleumsteknisk Senter / RITØ, Tromsø
1992 Engen Eldresenter, Bergen
1990 NTNU, Elektrobygget, Trondheim
1989 Olavshallen, Trondheim
1987 Finnmark Fylkesadministrasjon, Vadsø

Engagements (excerpts)

2014 – Course leader, Experts in Team, Trondheim Academy of Fine Art, NTNU
2010 – today Director and curator for biennale for art & technology – Meta.Morf
2008 – today General manager at TEKS – Trondheim Electronic Arts Centre
2002 – 2009 Curator Trondheim Matchmaking, festival for art & technology, Trondheim
2005 – 2007 Art director at TEKS – Trondheim Electronic Arts Centre
2002 – 2005 Founder/ General manager at TEKS – Trondheim Electronic Arts Centre
2001 – 2002 IT-manager, Top Floor medialab, Lademoen Kunstnerverksteder, Trondheim
2000 – today Examiner at Fakultet for Arkitektur, Plan og Billedkunst, NTNU
1996 – 1997 Exhibition producer ‘screens’, exhibition for Trondheim municipality’s 1000-years anniversary
1996 – 1997 Director Trondhjems Kunstforening
1995 – Examiner at Statens Høyskole for Kunst, Håndverk og Design, Oslo
1988 – Guest teacher at Trondheim Academy of Fine Art