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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
The Weather Project, The aerial river series, Multiple grotto 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 ...more

Dieter Roth is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Artists from Iceland
Literaturwurst, Basel on the Rhine, Snow 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 ...more

Vilhjálmur Einarsson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Artists from Iceland
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 ...more

Erró is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Artists from Iceland
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 ...more

Louisa Matthíasdóttir is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Artists from Iceland
Louisa Matthíasdóttir Maine, Girl with Bicycle and Recumbent Man, Three Sheep and House Louisa Matthíasdóttir was an Icelandic-American painter. Matthíasdóttir was born in Reykjavík. She showed artistic ability at an early age, and studied first ...more

Heimir Björgúlfsson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Artists from Iceland
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 ...more

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

Einar Hákonarson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Artists from Iceland
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 ...more

Jóhannes Sveinsson Kjarval is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Artists from Iceland
Jóhannes Sveinsson Kjarval Lava at Bessastadir Johannes Sveinsson Kjarval was an Icelandic painter. He is by many considered one of the most important artists of Iceland. Born in poverty, he was adopted and as a young man worked as a ...more

Jón Gunnar Árnason is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Artists from Iceland
The Sun Voyager Jón Gunnar Árnason was an Icelandic sculptor. After studying at the University of Iceland Reykjavík Arts and Crafts from 1944 to 1946 and the School of Visual Arts, he ...more

Ásgrímur Jónsson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Artists from Iceland
Ásgrímur Jónsson was an Icelandic painter, and one of the first in the country to make art a professional living. He studied at the Royal Academy in Copenhagen between 1900 ...more

Jóhannes Geir Jónsson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Artists from Iceland
Jóhannes Geir Jónsson was an Icelandic painter. He was born and raised in Skagafjörður in northern Iceland. His father was a local schoolmaster; his much younger mother ...more

Ragnar Axelsson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Artists from Iceland
Ragnar Axelsson Ragnar Axelsson, who also calls himself RAX, is an Icelandic photographer. He has been a staff photographer of Morgunblaðið since 1976. Ragnar has done work and stories for various ...more

Nína Tryggvadóttir is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Artists from Iceland
Nína Tryggvadóttir Nína Tryggvadóttir was born Jónína Tryggvadóttir in Seyðisfjörður, Iceland. Nína Tryggvadóttir is one of Iceland's most important ...more

Helgi Tómasson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Artists from Iceland
Helgi Tómasson Helgi Tomasson is artistic director and principal choreographer for San Francisco Ballet, and a former professional ballet dancer. Since assuming leadership of San Francisco Ballet, he has ...more

Júlíana Sveinsdóttir is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Artists from Iceland
Júlíana Sveinsdóttir Júlíana Sveinsdóttir was one of Iceland's first woman painters and textile artists. Taught initially by prominent Icelandic artist Þórarinn B. ...more

Sigfús Eymundsson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Artists from Iceland
Sigfús Eymundsson Sigfús Eymundsson was an Icelandic photographer and bookseller. He practiced bookbinding from a young age and in 1857 he went to Copenhagen to study the profession. In 1861 he went to ...more

Rebekka Guðleifsdóttir is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Artists from Iceland
Rebekka Guðleifsdóttir Rebekka Guðleifsdóttir is a photographer from Iceland who was named the "Web's Top Photographer" by the Wall Street Journal on July 29, 2006.

Hallsteinn Sigurðsson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Artists from Iceland
Hallsteinn Sigurðsson Hallsteinn Sigurðsson is an Icelandic sculptor and visual artist. He is noted for his Nordic god sculptures, some of which are located at the Laxá Power Station in the north central ...more

Bjarni Jónsson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Artists from Iceland
Bjarni Jónsson Bjarni Jónsson was an Icelandic painter. He was notable for his paintings of old Icelandic fishing boats, many of which have been added to the National Museum of Iceland, ...more

Haukur Halldórsson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Artists from Iceland
Haukur Halldórsson Haukur Halldórsson was born 1937 in Reykjavík is an Icelandic artist and member of the Íslenska Ásatrúarfélagið. His first exhibition was in Gallery ...more

Gunnlaugur Scheving is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Artists from Iceland
Gunnlaugur Scheving Gunnlaugur Scheving was an Icelandic painter.

Þorvaldur Skúlason is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Artists from Iceland
Þorvaldur Skúlason Þorvaldur Skúlason was an Icelandic painter. He was born in Bordeyri.

Gabríela Friðriksdóttir is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Artists from Iceland
Gabríela Friðriksdóttir Gabríela Friðriksdóttir is an Icelandic artist and sculptor. Outside of her contributions in the art world, she is known for her collaboration with the Icelandic musician and ...more

Elínborg Halldórsdóttir is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Artists from Iceland
Elínborg Halldórsdóttir Elínborg Halldórsdóttir was an Icelandic rock musician, and painter. She was a member of the band Q4U. She was also judge in the first ever series of the Icelandic version ...more

Sigurdís Harpa Arnarsdóttir is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Artists from Iceland
Sigurdís Harpa Arnarsdóttir

Þórarinn B. Þorláksson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Artists from Iceland
Þórarinn B. Þorláksson Þórarinn Benedikt Þorláksson was one of Iceland's first contemporary painters, the first Icelander to exhibit paintings in Iceland, and recipient of the first public ...more

Hringur Jóhannesson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Artists from Iceland
Hringur Jóhannesson Hringur Jóhannesson was an Icelandic painter.