Art education

Hrafnhildur Inga Sigurdardottir studied painting at the Reykjavík School of Visual Arts in 1978 and 1979 and at the Icelandic School of Arts and Crafts (now Iceland Academy of the Arts) from 1980-1984 where she graduated with a degree in graphic design. During 1999 and 2000 she studied oil painting at the Kópavogur Art School. In the autumn 2004 she was a guest at the Scandinavisk Forenings Kunstnerkollegium in Rome.

Exhibitions and experience

Hrafnhildur Sigurdardóttir has had 14 private exhibitions in Iceland and 15 joint exhibitions, among those at More North Gallery New York, Vilnius Art Fair and Galeriazero Barcelona. She also ran her own advertising agency from 1985-1999.

The art in her own words

- I only use oils on canvas in my work. My motifs are most often taken from my homestead but I was born on the farm Vestur-Samsstadir in South Iceland and grew up there.

- The waterfalls, fields, lakes and marshes are present in my artwork, without necessarily being from one particular place. These are memory fragments from travels around Iceland, throughout the highland area, and along the shores of Iceland. Water festures in most of my canvasses, if not waterfall, then a river, stream, gully or inconspicuous but treacherous quagmire.

- Some of my favorite artist are Rothko, Emil Nolde, Navarro Vives, Ron Mueck. I am also very fond of all tribal art like American Indian art and Aboriginal paintings.