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About RBenedikta

R. Benedikta / Gudrun Benedikta Eliasdottir graduated in 1987 with a B.Ed in Arts. Since then she has lived and worked on her art in three counties Iceland, France and Luxembourg.
She often paints with a tempera, “Patine au vin”, that includes white wine and eggs. She has developed the mixture over the years and experimented with using various minerals like volcanic ash and crushed stones.
She has participated in exhibitions in Iceland, Luxembourg, Belgium, Norway, Germany, France, England, Austria and the U.S.
The paintings are under the strong spell of Icelandic nature. Extreme opposites like fire and ice, black deserts against the glacier, these strong contrasts affect me. The Icelandic highlands are unbelievable and it doesn’t matter how vivid my paintings are, they will never be more colourful than the real thing.

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Born in Hornafjordur, Iceland  09.06.1963


Fannborg 4

200 Kópavogur, Iceland


Icelandic School of Art and Crafts 1983-1987, graduated with. B.Ed 1987
Seminar for art teachers in painting in Norway 1994
Seminar on Art, University of Iceland and Icel. School of Art and Crafts 1997

Work experience:

R.Benedikta worked as an Art teacher from autumn 1987 to spring 2006. October 1995 till September 1998 she owned and worked in Art Gallery  and atelier Skruggusteinn with three other artists. Moved to the South of France in 1999. Was living and painting in Sophia Antipolis. Went back to Iceland summer 2000, back to painting and teaching. Apart from that she has worked as a designer for showrooms at international fairs in Iceland for various firms and organisations such as Ministry of tourism, Tourist information in Iceland, City of Reykjavik, Ministry of transport, Corporation of Technical researchers of Industry, etc. She made window displays for the National Bank of Iceland 1988-1997. R.Benedikta has also designed and drawn book covers, posters and illustrated stories in magazines and a report for Corporation of Technical researches of Industry.

December 2005 and January 2006 she stayed as Artist in Residence in Vallauris (South of France). Moved to Luxembourg where she worked solely on her art from 2006 to 2012 when she moved back to Iceland and continues there. Artist Residency in Akureyri Iceland 2015. Now she works on her art and is also teaching Art in the College Menntaskólinn við Sund in Reykjavík.


SIM, Association of professional artists in Iceland from 1997
FIMK, Association for Art teachers in Iceland from 1987 – member of the board 1993 and 1994.
NS, Scandinavian committee for Art teachers 1993-1994
iaa aiap, International association for professional artists since 1997.

Private exhibitions:

2023 Undan jökli. Gallerý Grásteinn, Skólavörðustíg 4, Reykjavík

2021 Hylling-Hilling ArtAK Skipholti 9 Reykjavík

2020 Nordlichter - Den Blauen Galerie- Schönecken/Eifel

2019  Hverfandi, Vanishing Galleri Korka, Reykjavik Iceland

2018  Jöklasýn, Glacier view. Hannesarholt, Culture house, Reykjavík Iceland

2018  Earth, Borgir, Kópavogur, Iceland

2018  Frozen Moments, City Library Reykjavík, Menningarhús Spöngin. Iceland

2017 Waiting for Bárðarbunga -EFLA Reykjavík. Iceland

2017 Effect, Art AK, Akureyri. Iceland

2016  Recycling nature- Gallery ART67 , Reykjavík Iceland

2014  Internal forces- External forces, Gallery Populus tremula, Akureyri, Iceland
2014  The nature of nature, Fríða – Hafnarfjörður Iceland
2014-2016 Náttúrufar, Gallerý Veggur, Forréttabarnum Reykjavík Iceland
2014 Heimahöfn, Svavarssafn, Art Museum, Hornafjörður Iceland
2013  UppHafið, Slunkaríki, Edinborgarhúsinu/Cultural Center, Ísafjörður, Iceland
2013  Frost og Funi, Funi Kópavogur, Iceland
2012  KEXhostel, Reykjavík, Iceland
2012  Café Loki, Reykjavik, Iceland
2012 Gallery Bertrand Kass, Innsbruck, Austria
2011  Transitions, Gallerie Konschthaus Beim Engel, Luxembourg
2010  Border Crossing,Kultursommer Rheinland/Pfalz, Prum, Germany
2010  Galerie d’Esch, Esch Alzette, Luxembourg
2008  “Vin” Maison Viticole Schmit-Fohl Ahn/Moselle, Luxembourg
2008  “Emotional Landscapes” Gallerie Konschthaus Beim Engel, Luxembourg
2007 – “Decoding Iceland?” Fortis Banque, Espace Royal Monterey, Luxembourg
2007 “Natural Resources” Parc Beaux Arts, Luxembourg Ville
2006  “Human Nature”, Lux Tech Center, Contern Luxembourg
2006  Artist of the month at Galleri Lind, Kópavogur, Iceland
2006  “New Territory”, Vallauris, France
2005  “Stoned”, Thorvaldsen Bar, Reykjavík, Iceland
2005  “Underlying”, Iðuhúsinu, Reykjavík, Iceland
2005  “Off the beaten track”, Berlin, Germany
2003  “Genesis” Culture centre in Hornafjordur, Iceland
2000  “How to get there” Theseus Institute, Sophia Antipolis, France
1998  National Bank of Iceland
1997  “Naturally” on the 100 anniversary of Hornafjordur, Iceland
1997 “Life in the street” Listhùs 39 (House of arts 39) Hafnarfjordur, Iceland

Group exhibitions:

Torg listamessa 2023

2021 Farben des Nordens- Kunstparcours- Schönecken/Eifel--Þýskaland

2021 Torg Listamessa SÍM -Korpúlfsstaðir Reykjavík

2018 Torg Listamessa SÍM -Korpúlfsstaðir Reykjavík

2017  My Neighbour the Glacier- Svavar Gudnason Art Museum, Hornafjordur, Iceland

2015  Kanill, SIM house Reykjavik Iceland
2015  To save the world /Að bjarga heiminum, Verksmiðjan Hjalteyri, Iceland
2014  Kanill, SIM house Reykjavík Iceland
2014  Gullkistan Landslag-Landscape, Laugarvatn, Iceland
2014  Myndlistarfélag Kópavogs, Auðbrekku Kópavogur, Iceland
2014  Myndlistafélag Kópavogs, Sandgerði, Iceland
2013  Advent exhibition, SIM house Reykjavik, Iceland
2012  Smámyndasýning, SIM house Reykjavik, Iceland
2011  Salon de CAL, Cercle Artistique de Luxembourg
2011  54th EVBK Prum, Germany
2010  Salon de CAL, Cercle Artistique de Luxembourg
2010  Gallery Art of Good Taste, Luxembourg Ville
2010  Gallery Croissant, Brussels, Belgium
2010  1ier Salon d’Art Contemporain, Dexia/Esch Alzette Luxembourg
2010  Summer exhibition, Galerie d’Esch, Esch Alzette, Luxembourg
2010  “art-metz 2010” Grand Region Art Fair, Metz, France
2009  “Art Metz 2009” Grand Region Art Fair, Metz, France
2009  “Behind the forms” International Art Exhibition, Chelsea Gallery, London,England
2009  Navigating by the Stars: Art Inspired by the Night Sky, True North Gallery, South Hamilton, MA,USA
2007  “KiC Nord-Art” International art Exhibition, Rendsburg, Germany
2005  “Forces de la terre, forces de l’éspirit “, Strasbourg, France
2003  “Creation” Theseus Institute, Sophia Antipolis, France
2002  “Creation” Gerdarsafn, Municipal museum of Kopavogur, Iceland
1997   Longing out, Toyota Kopavogur, Iceland
1996  “Lúra undir jökli” Hornafjordur, Iceland
1996  City Centre House in Hafnarfjordur, Iceland
1996 Skruggusteinn Art Gallery, Kopavogur, Iceland
1996  Art against drugs, Geyser house, Reykjavik, Iceland
1996  Gallery Fold, Reykjavik, Iceland
1996  Gallery Smidar og Skart, Reykjavik, Iceland
1995 Vid Hamarinn Gallery, Hafnarfjordur, Iceland
1994  in Lillehammer, Norway
1985  SALI in Gerduberg culture centre, Reykjavik, Iceland

Awards and grants:

2008 – Ministry of Culture, Le Gouvernement du Grand-Duché de Luxembourg, Subsidy
2005  “Muggur” grant – (distributed by ‘The Cultural Committee of Reykjavík’, ‘The Association of Icelandic Visual Artists’ and “Myndstef” – ‘Visual Art Copyright Association’).
1997  Ministry of education
1996  City artist of Kopavogur, Iceland

Works in public belongings:

The city of Kopavogur, Iceland
Hornafjordur municipality, Iceland
Menntaskólinn við Sund, Secondary School in Reykjavik

Works in company belongings:

– The National Bank of Iceland, Trygging hf, Enex, Goeres Group, J.M.Schockweiler-N.Lentz assurances, Reviva Capital.

+Collectors in Luxembourgm USA and UK.

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