Hulda Hákon (b. 1956, Iceland) is a sculptor and painter whose work hinges on human relations, sometimes with reference to Icelandic mythology. Text always plays an important role in Hulda’s work, and while it most often originates from the daily life, when she has integrated words into her art, her viewer is confronted with a new and multi-layered sense of reality. Hákon has actively exhibited her works far and wide. She represented Iceland at the Sydney Biennial (1990) and ARS (Kiasma Helsinki, 1995). Her works are in the collection of museums in Iceland and some abroad. Her wall reliefs are in private collections in Iceland, Greenland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Estonia, Germany, the Netherlands, Swiss, Spain, USA, the UK, China and Australia.
Hulda graduated from the Icelandic College of Art and Crafts in 1981 and from the School of Visual Arts in New York in 1983.
She lives and works in Reykjavik and the Westman Islands.
“In my life I have tried to
make good art and to be a
I have had four dogs,
four cats, one sheep, two horses and two parrots.
Now I have a husband,
one son, three grandsons, a dog
and a restaurant.”
Steingrímur Eyfjörð (b. 1954, Iceland) is one of the foremost of a generation of artists who came to prominence in Iceland during the 1970s. His work employs a wide variety of media, including photography, comic strip, video, painting, sculpture, performance, writing and installation. His art may appear equally diverse conceptually: founded on influences as disparate as folk tales, Icelandic sagas, women’s fashion magazines, religion, superstition, critical theory and many other current topics.
Eyfjörd’s chains of association intersect at a nodal point of multiple meaning, forming a body of work that is multi-layered and at times perplexing yet always reveals an articulate and unexpected approach to the issues at hand. Steingrímur represented Iceland at the Venice Biennale in 2007.
Sindri Freysson (b. 23 July 1970, Reykjavík) is an Icelandic novelist and poet. His first publication, a collection of poems entitled Fljóti\ sofandi konur (The River Sleeping Women), was published in 1992. His first novel, Augun í bænum (The Town has Many Eyes) received the Halldór Laxness Literature Prize in 1998, and his second book of poetry, Hari kjarninn (The Hard Core), subtitled Spying on my own life, was nominated for the Icelandic Literary Prize in 1999. Sindri’s first children´s book, Hundaeyjan (The Island of Dogs) (2000), is illustrated by Halla Sólveig Þorgeirsdóttir and was originally written for Sindri's daughter. His second novel, Flóttinn (The Escape), a vivid account of the adventures and perils that a young German faces in Iceland during World War II, was published in 2004 to a critical success. His third novel, Dóttir mæðra minna (Daughter of My Mothers) was published in 2009. In October 2011, Sindri received the 2011 Reykjavík City Poetry Prize for his book Í klóm dalalæðunnar (Prisoner of the Ground-Mist). His fourth novel, Blindhríð (Whiteout), was published to a critical acclaim in November 2013, and was nominated for the DV Cultural Prize for Literature and the Icelandic Red Feather-award for writing.
Maria Ericsdóttir Panduro
Maria Ericsdottir (b. 1975, Iceland) is an award-winning Icelandic graphic designer. She is the founder of Karousel, a design and branding agency based in the heart of Reykjavik. She is also the founder and visionary of Reykjavik Print. With nearly 20 years in the design industry, Maria has a long history of creating strong brand communications for clients including Sóley Organics, Agusta, Saga Kakala, Vífilfell and the City of Reykjavik.
Having worked within design, communications and marking in California, Iceland and Denmark, she set up her own agency, Karousel, in Reykjavik (2012) to focus on a personal passion: socially responsible design and artistic projects that make life more beautiful (in the broader sense of the word).
She has an in MS in International Business from the University of Reykjavík and a BS in Graphic Design from the Sacramento State University. Maria considers social design as one of her favorite hobbies.
Jóhann Leó (b. 1986, Reykjavik, Iceland) is an Icelandic illustrator and graphic designer. Jóhann spent most of his childhood in France and Belgium where he studied illustration. He is inspired by the rich tradition of Franco-Belgian comic strips, known as Bande Déssinés and there unique style. Jóhann is a graduate of the Icelandic Academy of Arts in graphic design. He enjoys science fiction, philosophy, folk tales and dabbles in all kinds of ventures.
Dagur Jóhannesson (b. 1937, Iceland) is the second youngest of eight brothers and sisters. Jóhannesson had a strong and palpable urge to create, and around the age of twenty he covered every inch of his room with paintings, some inspired by surrealism, others by cubism. He slept and dreamt inside a vast painting. But contrary to his siblings he didn’t get the opportunity to fulfill his creative ambitions, he worked all his life – and still does as an octogenarian – as a farmer, although he never dreamt of becoming one. He put aside his aspirations and destroyed all his works except four. Once in a while though he picks up his whittling knives and carves small wooden sculptures, abstract, non-figurative, enigmatic. The four paintings that remain, still hang on the walls of his small farm, a testimony of substantial talent that never had the chance to blossom.