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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?"

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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. Eliasson represented Denmark at the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003 and later that year installed The Weather Project in the Turbine Hall of Tate Modern, London. Eliasson has engaged in a number of projects in public space, including the intervention Green river, carried out in various cities between 1998 and 2001; the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2007, London, a temporary pavilion designed with the ...more

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 many of the more lighthearted Fluxus artists. Perhaps despite himself, he was a fluent draftsman and expert printmaker, and his drawings and prints contained his wild energy within peculiarly virtuosic forms. Compared to the innumerable self-described artists of the last several decades who faked their way through his sort of work, Mr. Roth was the genuine item. ...more

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 a new Olympic Record by jumping 16.26 m in the triple jump, only to be surpassed by Brazil's Adhemar da Silva. This was the most unexpected result of the Olympics that year, and his silver medal was Iceland's first ever Olympic medal. In 1958 he took bronze in the triple jump at the European Athletics Championships in Stockholm, Sweden, with 16.00 m. His personal best was 16.70 m set in 1960 in ...more

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 website where the whole collection can be visited. In 2010 he was accused of plagiarism by Brian Bolland for copying his work uncredited and selling it. Erro has also plagiarized the work of comic book artists John Byrne, Mark Bagley, Joe Madureira, Ernie Colon, Jim Hill, Tom Artis and Guillem March. ...more

Birthplace: Snæfellsbær, Iceland

Associated periods or movements: Pop art

Nationality: Iceland

Art Forms: Painting

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