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Visual artist, storyteller and traveler
Kirsten K. Kester -
from Copenhagen - now in Aarhus
1997 — exhibiting home and abroad via KesterArt
1990-92 — Art Academy Aarhus (Århus Kunstakademi)
1986-87 — Vestjyllands Højskole

Upcoming or current art exhibitions


September 29. - October 10. 2017 - Galleri Smiðjan í Lítluvik i Torshavn Færøerne/ w. Artmoney Worldwide

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Exhibitions (selected)

2016 - October 26-29th - Artmoney exhibition – Gallery Bredgade 22, Copenhagen
2015 - Artmoney exhibition – Gallery Bredgade 22, Copenhagen
2015 - Artmoney – Make love not war. BERLIN SOUP – International Art & Performance festival. Kreuzberg, Berlin
2014 - Artmoney Exhibition 2013 @ Gallery Bredgade 22, Copenhagen
2014 - International Art exhibition ‘Alive and Kicking‘ @ The Signal Arts Centre , Bray Co Wicklow Ireland
2014 - ‘Gods i Kunsten 3’ in Århus Festuge @ ‘Den Rå Hal, Godsbanen, Aarhus
2014 - Artmoney group exhibition @ Gallery Dencker+Schneider, Berlin
2013 - Group Exhibition with De Brændte Børn @ Sjællandsgade Bad, Sjællandsgade 12 A. Copenhagen
2013 - Juried Artmoney Exhibition 2013 @ Gallery Bredgade 22, Copenhagen
2013 - Gallery Gathering of the Tribes @ 285 East Third Street (Between Ave C & D), New York, NY 10009
2013 - Exhibition with De brændte børn @ 3F, Aalborg.
2013 - Exhibition with Kunstgruppen Mangfoldighed @ Randers Kunsthus, Randers.
2013 - Whitsun exhibition ”Ud i Skoven”/ “In The Woods” @ Constantia2 – Viby J.
2012 - Artmoney – Thy 2012 – Exhibition with Artmoney @ Limfjordscentret, Thy
2012 - Exhibition with Artmoney @ Rundetårn in Copenhagen
2012 - Artmoney @ Gallery DADAPOST - Berlin
2006 - Exhibitions with Artmoney @ Ridehuset, Aarhus
2006 - Exhibition with Artmoney @ Øksnehallen, Copenhagen
2000 - Exhibition - “Diversity in Denmark – an exhibition in development” w. Jette Ní Mhaolcatha @ The National Museum – Copenhagen

SOLO [selected]
2011 - exhibition @ La Pazion de La Pazta – La Paz B.C.S. Mexico
2011 - exhibition @ Gallery Kunst-værket – Møldrup
2011 - exhibition @ Café Vestergade – Århus + 4

Andorra, Argentina, Austria, Australia, Belize, Belgium, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Burma, Cambodia, Canada, Ceuta, China, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Easter Island (Chile), Egypt, El Salvador, Faroe Islands, France, Germany, Gibtaltar, Guatemala, Greece, Honduras, Hong Kong (before it bacame Chinese in 1997), Iceland, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lesotho, Luxembourg, Malawi, Malaysia, Mexico, Mozambique, Namibia, Netherlands, Nepal, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Russia (including the Europe part), San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, USA, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey (small part in Europe), Uruguay, Vatican City, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe


— traveling all over the world - check out curiousKester for more info
2015 — being in a wheelchair accessibility is an important issue and a huge part of my daily life. I seldom let obstacles stop me. But on the other hand I think the society has an obligation to make accessibility a natural right for everyone. Sadly Denmark lacks on this point. This is the reason why I’ve started the blog — a blog about accessibility in my home town Aarhus
2014 — suffering from prolonged concussion/ post-commotionelt syndrome (PCS) - I’m blogging about it @ (w. English translation from Danish)
2013 — work at the editorial department of the magazine Globen (the independent travel magazine of the Travellers Club of Denmark).
2012 — Blogging about traveling in a wheelchair @
1997 — courses at Rambøll Communication and user involvement
1990 — worked for Mellemfolkeligt Samvirke1969


2009 - Project Christmas Spirit - donated 50 % of sale to Red Cross


2005 — Århus Onsdag

– a journalist wrote at Kunstavisen:

“The Journey continuous on The Canvas”

About Kirsten K. Kester and her picturesque travel-universe.

“Life is my inspiration – my journeys around the world feed my brain with colors and shapes. My working tools my art and lifestyle vary both in terms of my many trips around the world, but also with my curiosity. “

This is how the artist Kirsten K. Kester describes her passion and desire to express herself. Kirsten K. Kester is from Copenhagen. She lives in Aarhus and she is an artist and lecturer.
After having traveled in more than 68 countries, her interest and knowledge of culture and religion is grand, and her work takes us through an exciting journey which poetically appear on the canvas. She paints primarily abstractions, but in individual works figuration’s are sneaking into the abstract landscape. Kirsten K. Kester has been to the Art Academy and Vestjyllands Højskole. But as she puts it herself; “I used a brush before I learned to use a fork.”

H.C. Andersen once said the famous words, “Traveling is living”

Artist Kirsten K. Kester is traveling and living. Her indomitable iron will and bright mind is reflected in her paintings. As H.C. Andersen who in his own poetic and melancholic way told his stories and experiences so does Kirsten K. Kester. She retells what she sees and experiences, and interprets it on the canvas. She does not make it up. It is all lined up for her to pick and smell – and the experiences continues long after she returned from one of her many travels. They stuck to the mind and the impressions are being transferred from the backpack to the canvas, where it is processed in colors and shapes.

Her paintings are filled with sentiment and poetry. They are very expressive, and you will experience a tremendous joy of storytelling. The colors are subdued and seems thought through. There is a fine harmony – a good depth and control between colors and shapes.

Kirsten K. Kesters great personality shines through in her paintings. They embraces you with a kind of tenderness and longing.

Kirsten-Marie Hedeland,
Gallery owner and art writer at Kunstavisen (Art newspaper)


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