Øyvind Hjelmen lives and works on the island of Stord, off the west-coast of Norway. Apart from having attended various photographic workshops, he is autodidact as an artist. He holds a BA in modern art and aesthetics from the University of Bergen. Øyvind Hjelmen has been working with photography as his artistic expression for more than 20 years, and his works have been exhibited in USA, Germany, Russia,United Kingdom, Poland, Italy, Greece, Lithuania, Japan, France, The Netherlands and Norway. Among the collections that hold his works are Museum
of Fine Art in Houston, USA, and Centro Internazionale di Fotografia Scavi Scaligeri – Verona, Italy.
He has been teaching photographic workshops for 10 years, and he has also been guest lecturer at the American Intercontinental University in London, and at Bilder Nordic School of Photography in Oslo.
He is currently Artistic Project Leader for the Artist in Residence program at Halsnøy Monastery, Sunnhordland Museum, Norway. He is also reviewing portfolios at festivals like Rencontres d´Arles, Boutographies in Montpellier
and Fotofestiwal in Lodz.