Steinar Christensen  has always been an artist in progress, offering many surprises in his unpredictable oeuvre. He has no clear signature and moves effortlessly and freely between various medias. He has done performance, worked with sound and music, created huge installations and objects such as Stella Maris in Artscape Nordland. In recent years he has chosen to express himself mainly through photography.
Just as poetry represents densification of an expression, Christensen has developed a unique visual language. His recent works are condensed, layers on layers becoming almost impenetrable. The various symbols may seem detached and casual at first glance, however Christensen invites us to look again. His work opens for both paradoxical constellations and existential situations and serves as silent warnings of the state of our civilisation.
Christensen was professor and Dean at the National Art Academy in Oslo, a professor at Western Norway Academy of Fine Arts and Valand Academy in Gothenburg, and guest professor at the Royal Danish Academy in Copenhagen.
His work has been exhibited in renowned galleries in Norway and abroad. Christensen has represented Norway at La Biennale di Venezia, his works are included in numerous private and museum collections, including the National Gallery, the Henie Onstad Art Centre, Oslo Municipality Collection, The Statoil Art Collection and Norwegian Cultural Council.