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Steinunn Thorarinsdottir

Framnesvegur 68
Reykjavik, 101, Iceland
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Steinunn Thorarinsdottir was born in Iceland in 1955 and lives and works in Reykjavik.

Studied in England and Italy from 1974-1980.

Steinunn has used the human being as her main means of expression throughout her career. She works with reliefs and free standing sculpture in various materials such as cast iron, aluminium, plaster, glass and concrete. She has done numerous commissions both for specific indoor spaces as well as outdoor works and monuments.

Private exhibitions (selected)

  • 1979 Gallery Sudurgata 7, Reykjavik
  • 1982 The City Museum of Reykjavik
  • 1987 Kjarvalsstadir, Municipal Gallery of the City of Reykjavik
  • 1996 The Kópavogur Art Museum
  • 1998 Gallery Krebsen, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 1998 Barbacka Konsthallen, Kristianstad, Sweden
  • 2000 The Sculpture Museum of Ásmundur Sveinsson
  • 2000 Frauen Museum, Bonn, Germany
  • 2000 The Nordic Council of Ministers, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 2001 Galleria Bedoli, The City Gallery of Viadana, Italy
  • 2003 Goethe Institut Gallery, Toronto, Canada
  • 2004   Hallgrímskirkja Summer Show in Reykjavik
    2005   The Lab Gallery, New York, USA
    2006  101 Gallery, Reykjavik
    2006  Galerie Egelund, Copenhagen, Denmark
    2006  Odon Wagner Contemporary, Toronto, Canada
    2007  Osilas Gallery, Concordia College, NY, USA
    2007  Horizons.  Katonah Museum, NY, USA
    2007  Kreft Center Art Gallery, Concordia University, Ann Arbor, USA
    2008  Horizons.  The Dixon Museum and Gardens, Memphis, USA
    2008  Horizons.  The San Antonio Botanical Gardens in collaboration with
               Blue Star Contemporary Art Center, Texas.
    2008  Neskirkja Church, Reykjavík
    2009  Horizons, Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park, Illinois, USA


Group exhibitions (selected)

  • 1979 Galleria Zona, Florence, Italy
  • 1980 Bodies of Artists, Nord Jyllands Kunstmuseum, Denmark
  • 1981 Target-Earth, The Art of Survival, Los Angeles, USA
  • 1984 14 artists, The Centenary of The National Gallery of Iceland
  • 1987 Scandinavia Today, Kyoto & Tokyo, Japan and Cleveland & Alabama, USA
  • 1988 5 Dimensions, 5 Icelandic Artists, Röhsska Museum, Gothenburg and the Nordic House in Faroe Islands.
  • 1988 Human Being in the Foreground, The City Museum of Reykjavik.
  • 1991 Religious Art, The Labour Union Museum
  • 1992 Salon International de la Sculpture Contemporaine, Paris and Noisy le Grand, France.
  • 1993 Zeit-Sichten, 6 women artists from Reykjavik, Frauen Museum, Bonn, Germany
  • 1993 777, Distance Communication Network in: Reykjavik, Aarhus, Amsterdam, Portsmouth, Duisburg, Bratislava and Moscow
  • 1994 Bankside Gallery, London, England
  • 1995 Eventa 2. Ekeby Quarn Konstsalong, Uppsala, Sweden
  • 1997 Biennale Contemporanea, Palazzo Pubblico, Siena, Italy
  • 1997 Unique Glass, Kalmar, Sweden
  • 1998 The Coastline, Reykjavik Art Festival
  • 1998 Wolfryd & Selway Fine Arts, Los Angeles, USA
  • 1999 Scandinavia Centre, Lutheran University, California, USA
  • 1999 Sculpture by the Sea, Sydney, Australia
  • 2000 Cologne Art Fair with the Frauen Museum
  • 2000 Berkeley Square Gallery, London, England
  • 2001 Tajima Art Exhibiton, Japan
  • 2001 Palm Beach Art Fair with The Berkeley Square Gallery, USA
  • 2002 Sculpture from the Sea, Campelltown City Gallery, Sydney, Australia
  • 2003 Icelandic Art 1980-2000, The National Gallery of Iceland
  • 2003 Haltestelle!Kunst, Zeltnerschloss Castle in Nurnberg, Germany
  • 2003 Opening Exhibition of The North Atlantic Bridge Cultural Centre in Copenhagen
  • 2003  “Buckle up”  Travelling exhibition, last stop The Reykjavik Art Museum
    2004  Art Miami with Odon Wagner Gallery, Miami, USA
    2004  Art Copenhagen with Galerie Egelund, Copenhagen, Denmark
    2004  Toronto Art Fair w/Odon Wagner Gallery, Toronto, Canada
    2004  Art Paris w/Galerie Egelund, Paris, France
    2004  Sculpture by the Sea, Sydney, Australia
    2005  Art Miami w/Odon Wagner Gallery, Miami, Florida
    2005  Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe, Perth, Australia 
    2005  Glampi/Blitz,  Gallery Bluesky, Vienna, Austria
    2005  Gallery Arena 53, Vienna, Austria
    2005  Toronto International Art Fair, w. Odon Wagner Contemporary
    2005  Beijing Biennale, Beijing, China
    2005  Sculpture by the Sea, Sydney, Australia
    2005  Save the Children Auction, Festival of Trees
    2006  Downtown at the Gardens, Palm Beach, Florida, USA  w. Osborne Samuel
    2006  Sculpture by the Sea, Perth. Australia
    2006  Space, Art and the Environment, University of Iceland
    2006  Heads, Figures and Ideas, Osborne Samuel, London, England
    2006 Sydney Harbour Sculpture Trail, Sydney, Australia
    2006  Toronto International Art Fair, Canada
    2006  Save the Children Auction, Festival of Trees
    2006  Selected Artists in Galerie Egelund, Copenhagen
    2006 Advent show in memory of Hallgrímur Pétursson, Hallgrims Church  
    2007 Palm Beach Art Fair w. Osborne Samuel
    2007  Form-London, w. Osborne Samuel
    2007  Osborne Samuel, London
    2007  Haltestelle Kunst, Nurnberg, Germany
    2007  Art St. Urban, Switzerland
    2007  Galerie Egelund, Copenhagen, Denmark
    2007  Festival of Trees, Save the Children Auction
    2007  Toronto International Art Fair w. Odon Wagner Contemporary
    2008  Sculpture by the Sea, Perth, Australia
    2008  The Secret Garden @ Iveagh, w. Solomon Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
    2008  Toronto International Art Fair w. Odon Wagner Contemporary
    2008  Summer Show in Galerie Egelund, Copenhagen
    2008  Sculpture by the Sea, Sydney, Australia
    2009  Sculpture by the Sea, Aarhus, Denmark
    2009  Contemporary Art, Osborne Samuel, London
    2009  Sommerudstilling.  Galerie Egelund, Copenhagen, Denmark


Steinunn has received various awards and grants, the most recent being The Order of the Falcon, awarded by the President of Iceland for her contribution to Icelandic and International Visual Art.

Her works have been featured in various newspapers and magazines worldwide among them are: Neues Glass in Germany, Votre Beaute in France, Femina in Sweden, Politiken and Berlinske Tidende in Denmark, Helsingin Sanomat in Finland, Waverley Tribune, The Sunday Telegraph, The Australian and The Daily Telegraph in Australia, Sculpture magazine in USA, La Voce di Mantova and Coevit in Italy, The Art Newspaper, International Edition, Hephaistos in Germany and The Spectator in the UK .


Her works are in numerous private and public collections in Iceland, Italy, USA, Sweden, Australia, Denmark, Brazilia and the United Kingdom.  Among them are The Royal Carribbean, Hall Financial Group in Texas, Cathryn Hall Wineards in Napa Valley, California and the private collection of Sir  Rocco and Lady Forte in England, Collection of Carl Gustav, the King of Sweden


She has been the Chairman of the Sculptors Association of Iceland, member of the board of The National Gallery of Iceland, Member of the board of the Visual Arts Committee of the Ministry of Culture, lectured at Cleveland State University, the Cleveland Art Institute, USA, Concordia College in Ann Arbor,  Sydney Art School in Australia, Sculptor´s Union in Toronto, Goethe Institut in Toronto and Governor´s State University, Illinois.  She is a member of the Board of The International Sculpture Center.