Baldvin Ringsted

Baldvin Ringsted’s art is heavily inspired by music, speech and performance.
Baldvin has recently shown his work at Martos Gallery in New York and CCA in Glasgow.
Baldvin’s studio is in an old refurbished whiskey warehouse.

Icelandic artist Baldvin Ringsted creates paintings, collages, installations and sculptures inspired by the interaction between the senses. Baldvin transforms music into visual art and gives sound permanence as an object. Interested in the memory and association sound can carry, Baldvin looks at the evocative nature of art. His mixed media paintings often contrast patterned motifs with traditional landscape imagery, whilst the surrealist nature of his sculptures create entirely unique viewing experiences.

Baldvin Ringsted’s Early Life and Inspiration

Born in 1974, Baldvin grew up in rural Iceland and from an early age, music played a crucial role in his life. East coast American trash metal and Tampa Bay death metal forged his creative identity, and inspired him to form his own punk band. The evolution of Baldvin’s surrealist sculptures and paintings has forever been shaped by his love of music as well as the developments of popular culture. Baldvin often works with found material, and famously transposed Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” into a cello solo performance.


Over the course of the last 15 years, Baldvin has shown his work in group and solo shows throughout the world, from Berlin to New York. Baldvin recently held a solo show, Rhythm Distortions in SWG3 gallery in Glasgow. The exhibition showcased a collection of found and reworked oil paintings inspired by sounds, music and performance and created a multisensory viewing experience.

Selected Works

The Voice in The Night by Baldvin Ringsted

The Voice in The Night

Paintings - 60x120 cm
Earthlight by Baldvin Ringsted


Paintings - 89x58 cm
Chronopolis by Baldvin Ringsted


Paintings - 60x120 cm
The Night All Time Broke Out by Baldvin Ringsted

The Night All Time Broke Out

Paintings - 48x58 cm
The Singing Bell by Baldvin Ringsted

The Singing Bell

Paintings - 90x60 cm
Kid Stuff by Baldvin Ringsted

Kid Stuff

Paintings - 30x40 cm
First Contact by Baldvin Ringsted

First Contact

Paintings - 49x39 cm
Love in a Colder Climate by Baldvin Ringsted

Love in a Colder Climate

Paintings - 55x75 cm
Tomorrow is a Million Years by Baldvin Ringsted

Tomorrow is a Million Years

Paintings - 60x90 cm
Nightfall by Baldvin Ringsted


Paintings - 90x60 cm

You're Another

Paintings - 90x60 cm

Living Space

Paintings - 50x60 cm

The Infinites

Paintings - 90x60 cm

The Dying Night

Paintings - 60x90 cm

The Sounds of Old Earth

Paintings - 60x90 cm

Slow Life

Paintings - 44x60 cm

Red Star Winter Orbit

Paintings - 30x40 cm

The Return

Paintings - 50x60 cm

All Summer in a Day

Paintings - 120x180 cm

Light of Other Days

Paintings - 60x100 cm

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