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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 Elí... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Artists from Iceland
The Weather Project, The aerial river series, Multiple grotto

Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark

Associated periods or movements: Contemporary art

Nationality: Iceland, Denmark

Art Forms: Installation art

Olafur Eliasson (Icelandic: Ólafur Elíasson; born 1967) is a Danish-Icelandic artist known for sculptures and large-scale installation art employing elemental materials such as ...more
Dieter Roth is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Artists from Iceland
Literaturwurst, Basel on the Rhine, Snow

Birthplace: Hanover, Germany

Associated periods or movements: Op art, Fluxus

Nationality: Iceland, Germany

Art Forms: Sculpture, Installation art, Painting, Printmaking

Dieter Roth (April 21, 1930 – June 5, 1998) was a Swiss artist best known for his artist's books, editioned prints, sculptures, and works made of found materials, including rotting food stuffs. ...more
Vilhjálmur Einars... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Artists from Iceland

Birthplace: Fjarðabyggð, Iceland

Nationality: Iceland

Art Forms: Painting

Vilhjálmur Einarsson (born 5 June 1934) is an Icelandic former athlete, and triple-jump silver medalist at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Australia. Vilhjálmur grew up in ...more
Erró is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Artists from Iceland

Birthplace: Snæfellsbær, Iceland

Associated periods or movements: Pop art

Nationality: Iceland

Art Forms: Painting

Erró (born Guðmundur Guðmundsson in 1932 in Ólafsvík, Iceland) is a visual artist and painter, who is best known for his painted pop art collages of images from ...more
Louisa Matthíasd&... 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

Birthplace: Reykjavik, Iceland

Nationality: Iceland, United States of America

Art Forms: Painting

Louisa Matthíasdóttir (February 20, 1917 – February 26, 2000) was an Icelandic-American painter. Louisa was born in Reykjavík. She showed artistic ability at an early age, ...more
Heimir Björgú... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Artists from Iceland

Birthplace: Reykjavik, Iceland

Nationality: Iceland

Art Forms: Sculpture, Photography, Collage, Painting, Drawing

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

Nationality: Iceland

Guðmundur Pétursson Thorsteinsson, better known as Muggur (5 September 1891, Bíldudalur – 27 July 1924, Søllerød) was an Icelandic painter, graphic artist, author ...more
Einar Hákonarson ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Artists from Iceland

Birthplace: Reykjavik, Iceland

Associated periods or movements: Expressionism

Nationality: Iceland

Art Forms: Mosaic, Sculpture, Painting, Printmaking, Drawing

Einar Hákonarson (born 14 January 1945, in Reykjavík, Iceland) is one of Iceland's best known artists. He is an expressionistic and figurative painter who brought the figure back ...more
Jóhannes Sveinsso... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Artists from Iceland
Jóhannes Sveinsson Kjarval Lava at Bessastadir

Birthplace: Iceland

Nationality: Iceland

Art Forms: Painting

Johannes Sveinsson Kjarval (15 October 1885 – 13 April 1972) was an Icelandic painter. He is by many considered one of the most important artists of Iceland.
Jón Gunnar &Aacut... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Artists from Iceland
The Sun Voyager

Birthplace: Iceland

Nationality: Iceland

Art Forms: Sculpture

Jón Gunnar Árnason (1931–1989 in Reykjavík) was an Icelandic sculptor.After studying at the University of Iceland Reykjavík Arts and Crafts from 1944 to 1946 and the ...more
Ásgrímur J... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Artists from Iceland

Nationality: Iceland

Art Forms: Painting

Ásgrímur Jónsson (March 4, 1876 – April 5, 1958) was an Icelandic painter, and one of the first in the country to make art a professional living. He studied at the Royal ...more
Jóhannes Geir J&o... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Artists from Iceland

Birthplace: Skagafjörður

Nationality: Iceland

Jóhannes Geir Jónsson (born 24. June 1927, d. 29. June 2003) was an Icelandic painter. He was born and raised in Skagafjörður in northern Iceland. His father was a local ...more
Ragnar Axelsson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Artists from Iceland
Ragnar Axelsson

Birthplace: Iceland

Nationality: Iceland

Ragnar Axelsson (born 1958), also known as RAX, is an Icelandic photographer. He has been a staff photographer of Morgunblaðið (Iceland's second largest newspaper) since 1976. Ragnar has ...more
Nína Tryggvad&oac... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Artists from Iceland
Nína Tryggvadóttir

Birthplace: Iceland

Nationality: Iceland

Art Forms: Painting

Nína Tryggvadóttir (March 16, 1913 – June 18, 1968) was born Jónína Tryggvadóttir in Seyðisfjörður, Iceland. She is one of Iceland's most ...more
Helgi Tómasson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Artists from Iceland
Helgi Tómasson

Birthplace: Reykjavik, Iceland

Nationality: Iceland

Helgi Tomasson (born October 8, 1942) is artistic director and principal choreographer for San Francisco Ballet, and a former professional ballet dancer. Since assuming leadership of San ...more
Júlíana Sv... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Artists from Iceland
Júlíana Sveinsdóttir

Birthplace: Iceland

Nationality: Iceland

Art Forms: Mosaic, Painting

Júlíana Sveinsdóttir (31 July 1889 – 1966) was one of Iceland's first female painters and textile artists. Taught initially by prominent Icelandic artist ...more
Sigfús Eymundsson... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Artists from Iceland
Sigfús Eymundsson

Nationality: Iceland

Sigfús Eymundsson (1837–1911) 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 ...more
Rebekka Guðleifsd&oa... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Artists from Iceland
Rebekka Guðleifsdóttir

Birthplace: Iceland

Nationality: Iceland

Rebekka Guðleifsdóttir (born May 25, 1978) is a photographer from Iceland who was named the "Web's Top Photographer" by the Wall Street Journal on July 29, 2006.
Hallsteinn Sigurðsso... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Artists from Iceland
Hallsteinn Sigurðsson

Nationality: Iceland

Hallsteinn Sigurðsson (born 1945) 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 ...more
Bjarni Jónsson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Artists from Iceland
Bjarni Jónsson

Nationality: Iceland

Bjarni Jónsson (1934 – January 8, 2008) 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 ...more
Haukur Halldórsso... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Artists from Iceland
Haukur Halldórsson

Birthplace: Iceland

Nationality: Iceland

Haukur Halldórsson (born 4 July 1937 in Reykjavík) is an Icelandic artist and illustrator. He also goes under the name The Hawk.
Gunnlaugur Scheving is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Artists from Iceland
Gunnlaugur Scheving

Nationality: Iceland

Gunnlaugur Scheving (8 June 1904 – 9 September 1972) was an Icelandic painter.
Þorvaldur Sk&uacut... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Artists from Iceland
Þorvaldur Skúlason

Nationality: Iceland

Þorvaldur Skúlason (April 30, 1906 – August 30, 1984) was an Icelandic painter. He was born in Bordeyri.
Gabríela Frið... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Artists from Iceland
Gabríela Friðriksdóttir

Birthplace: Reykjavik, Iceland

Nationality: Iceland

Gabríela Friðriksdóttir (born 1971 in Reykjavík, Iceland) is an Icelandic artist and sculptor. Outside of her contributions in the art world, she is known for her ...more
Elínborg Halld&oa... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Artists from Iceland
Elínborg Halldórsdóttir

Nationality: Iceland

Elínborg Halldórsdóttir (born 1962) is 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 ...more