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Famous Artists from Iceland

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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

    Ólafur Elíasson

    The Weather Project, The aerial river series

    BirthplaceCopenhagen, Denmark

    Associated periods or movementsContemporary art

    NationalityIceland, Denmark

    Art FormsInstallation art

    Olafur Eliasson (Icelandic: Ólafur Elíasson; born 1967) is a Danish-Icelandic artist known... more on Wikipedia
  • Dieter Roth

    Dieter Roth

    Literaturwurst, Basel on the Rhine

    BirthplaceHanover, Germany

    Associated periods or movementsOp art, Fluxus

    NationalityIceland, Germany

    Art FormsSculpture, Installation art, Painting, Printmaking

    Dieter Roth (April 21, 1930 – June 5, 1998) was a Swiss artist best known for his artist's... more on Wikipedia
  • Vilhjálmur Einarsson (born 5 June 1934) is an Icelandic former athlete, and triple-jump silver... more on Wikipedia
  • Erró
    Erró (born Guðmundur Guðmundsson in 1932 in Ólafsvík, Iceland) is a visual artist and painter,... more on Wikipedia
  • Louisa Matthíasdóttir

    Maine, Girl with Bicycle and Recumbent Man

    BirthplaceReykjavik, Iceland

    NationalityIceland, United States of America

    Art FormsPainting

    Louisa Matthíasdóttir (February 20, 1917 – February 26, 2000) was an Icelandic-American... more on Wikipedia
  • Heimir Björgúlfsson
    Heimir Björgúlfsson is an Icelandic artist born in Reykjavík, Iceland in 1975. Heimir lives... more on Wikipedia
  • Muggur


    Guðmundur Pétursson Thorsteinsson, better known as Muggur (5 September 1891, Bíldudalur – 27... more on Wikipedia
  • Einar Hákonarson
    Einar Hákonarson (born 14 January 1945, in Reykjavík, Iceland) is one of Iceland's best known... more on Wikipedia
  • Jóhannes Sveinsson Kjarval

    Lava at Bessastadir



    Art FormsPainting

    Johannes Sveinsson Kjarval (15 October 1885 – 13 April 1972) was an Icelandic painter. He is... more on Wikipedia
  • Jón Gunnar Árnason

    The Sun Voyager



    Art FormsSculpture

    Jón Gunnar Árnason (1931–1989 in Reykjavík) was an Icelandic sculptor.After studying at the... more on Wikipedia
  • Ásgrímur Jónsson
    Ásgrímur Jónsson (March 4, 1876 – April 5, 1958) was an Icelandic painter, and one of the... more on Wikipedia
  • Jóhannes Geir Jónsson (born 24. June 1927, d. 29. June 2003) was an Icelandic painter. He was... more on Wikipedia
  • Ragnar Axelsson

    Ragnar Axelsson

    Ragnar Axelsson (born 1958), also known as RAX, is an Icelandic photographer. He has been a... more on Wikipedia
  • Nína Tryggvadóttir

    Nína Tryggvadóttir (March 16, 1913 – June 18, 1968) was born Jónína Tryggvadóttir in... more on Wikipedia
  • Helgi Tómasson

    Helgi Tomasson (born October 8, 1942) is artistic director and principal choreographer for San... more on Wikipedia
  • Júlíana Sveinsdóttir

    Júlíana Sveinsdóttir (31 July 1889 – 1966) was one of Iceland's first female painters and... more on Wikipedia
  • Sigfús Eymundsson

    Sigfús Eymundsson

    Sigfús Eymundsson (1837–1911) was an Icelandic photographer and bookseller. He practiced... more on Wikipedia
  • Rebekka Guðleifsdóttir

    Rebekka Guðleifsdóttir

    Rebekka Guðleifsdóttir (born May 25, 1978) is a photographer from Iceland who was named the... more on Wikipedia
  • Hallsteinn Sigurðsson

    Hallsteinn Sigurðsson

    Hallsteinn Sigurðsson (born 1945) is an Icelandic sculptor and visual artist. He is noted for... more on Wikipedia
  • Bjarni Jónsson

    Bjarni Jónsson (1934 – January 8, 2008) was an Icelandic painter. He was notable for his... more on Wikipedia
  • Haukur Halldórsson

    Haukur Halldórsson (born 4 July 1937 in Reykjavík) is an Icelandic artist and illustrator. He... more on Wikipedia
  • Gunnlaugur Scheving

    Gunnlaugur Scheving (8 June 1904 – 9 September 1972) was an Icelandic painter.
  • Þorvaldur Skúlason

    Þorvaldur Skúlason (April 30, 1906 – August 30, 1984) was an Icelandic painter. He was born in... more on Wikipedia
  • Gabríela Friðriksdóttir

    Gabríela Friðriksdóttir (born 1971 in Reykjavík, Iceland) is an Icelandic artist and... more on Wikipedia
  • Elínborg Halldórsdóttir

    Elínborg Halldórsdóttir (born 1962) is an Icelandic rock musician, and painter. She was a... more on Wikipedia