Ólafur Þórðarson (b. 1963, Reykjavík) works out of New York and Iceland.
Works with a range of petrochemical and natural materials to create a diverse body of sculptural works that cross-over between art and design. Some are urban, some architecture, other industrial design while his sculptures float in rivers, hang from the ceilings or pose questions through engaging with domestic environments. Lately, he has been working on videos and environmental sound compositions. Recently his ongoing sculptural work has entered video, the focus of his exhibition in Seyðisfjörður.
Ólafur had 8 solo exhibitions and took part in over 77 exhibitions in 19 different countries. His works are in the permanent collections of museums like Indianapolis Museum of Art, National Museum of Art in Oslo, Norway and Kunst og Industrimuseet in Copenhagen, Denmark. His works have also been shown at The Milwaukee Art Museum, Palazzo Triennale in Italy, and the Röhss Museum in Sweden.
His design and art have been widely published and two books are solely dedicated to his works (2001 and 2007). Other books include the International Design Yearbook (2000) and Scandinavian Design Beyond The Myth. Well over a hundred large and small on-print articles are on Olafur's art and design. Other exposure is WABCNews, WNYC, Icelandic State Radio and The Icelandic State Television.
He has taught advanced studios at RISD and has been a visiting critic in 8 Universities in the U.S. and Canada, including Columbia, Parsons and Pratt. He graduated with a Master of Architecture degree from Columbia University in 1990, where he studied directly under Steven Holl.
He has collaborated with other artists, including with Italian designer Gaetano Pesce and Icelandic musician Skúli Sverrisson. American performance artist Laurie Anderson selected Olafur's work to be featured in the New York SCOPE Art Fair.
b. 1963, Reykjavik, Iceland
Lives and works in Brooklyn, New York