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List of the most popular artists from Iceland, listed alphabetically with photos when available. For centuries artists have been among the world's most important people, helping chronicle history and keep us entertained with one of the earliest forms of entertainment. Whether they're known for painting, sculpting, etching or drawing, the famous Icelander artists on this list have kept that tradition alive by creating renowned pieces of art that have been praised around the world. You can find useful information below about these notable Icelander artists, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

This list contains artists like Þórarinn B. Þorláksson and Muggur.

This list answers the questions, "Which famous artists are from Iceland?" and "Who are the most well-known Icelander artists?"

For further information on these historic Icelander artists, click on their names. If you're a fine art lover use this list of celebrated Icelander artists to discover some new paintings that you will enjoy.
Ólafur Elíasson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Artists from Iceland
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Olafur Eliasson is a Danish-Icelandic artist known for sculptures and large-scale installation art employing elemental materials such as light, water, and air temperature to enhance the viewer’s experience. In 1995 he established Studio Olafur Eliasson in Berlin, a laboratory for spatial research. ...more

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Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark

Associated periods or movements: Contemporary art

Nationality: Iceland, Denmark

Art Forms: Installation art

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Dieter Roth is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Artists from Iceland
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Dieter Roth was a Swiss artist best known for his artist's books, editioned prints, sculptures, and works made of found materials, including rotting food stuffs. He was also known as Dieter Rot and Diter Rot. The dark undertone and furious, obsessive energy of his work ultimately separated him from ...more

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Birthplace: Hanover, Germany

Associated periods or movements: Op art, Fluxus

Nationality: Iceland, Germany

Art Forms: Sculpture, Installation art, Painting, Printmaking

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Vilhjálmur Einarsson is an Icelandic former athlete, and triple-jump silver medalist at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Australia. Vilhjálmur grew up in the East-Icelandic fishing village of Reyðarfjörður and is the son of Einar Stefánsson and Sigríður Vilhjálmsdóttir. In 1956 Vilhjálmur set ...more

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Birthplace: Fjarðabyggð, Iceland

Nationality: Iceland

Art Forms: Painting

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Erró is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Artists from Iceland
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Erró is a postmodern artist. He studied art in Norway and in Italy, and has resided in Paris, Thailand and on the island of Formentera for most of his life. In 1989 he donated a large collection of his works to the Reykjavik Arts Museum, which has put part of it on permanent display and opened a ...more

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Birthplace: Snæfellsbær, Iceland

Associated periods or movements: Pop art

Nationality: Iceland

Art Forms: Painting

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Louisa Matthíasdóttir


Louisa Matthíasdóttir was an Icelandic-American painter. Matthíasdóttir was born in Reykjavík. She showed artistic ability at an early age, and studied first in Denmark and then under Marcel Gromaire in Paris. Her early paintings, dating from the late 1930s, established her as a leading figure in ...more

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Birthplace: Reykjavik, Iceland

Nationality: Iceland, United States of America

Art Forms: Painting

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Heimir Björgúlfsson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Artists from Iceland
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Heimir Björgúlfsson is an Icelandic artist born in Reykjavík, Iceland in 1975. Heimir lives and works in Los Angeles, California. He holds a BFA from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy and an MFA from the Sandberg Institute, both in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He also studied Sonology at the Royal ...more

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Birthplace: Reykjavik, Iceland

Nationality: Iceland

Art Forms: Sculpture, Photography, Collage, Painting Drawing

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Muggur is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Artists from Iceland
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Muggur


Guðmundur Pétursson Thorsteinsson or Muggur was an Icelandic artist and film actor. He worked with watercolours, oil, charcoal and collages. Among his best-known works are the collage Seventh Day in Paradise and the children's book Dimmalimm. He played the lead role in Borgslægtens Historie which ...more

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Nationality: Iceland

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Einar Hákonarson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Artists from Iceland
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Einar Hákonarson is one of Iceland's best known artists. He is an expressionistic and figurative painter who brought the figure back into Icelandic painting in 1968. He is a pioneer in the Icelandic art scene and art education. He has been called “The crusader of the painting”, due to his ...more

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Birthplace: Reykjavik, Iceland

Associated periods or movements: Expressionism

Nationality: Iceland

Art Forms: Mosaic, Sculpture, Painting, Printmaking Drawing

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