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Bio

Ástríður Jósefína Ólafsdóttir is an Icelandic artist currently based between Bologna (Italy) and Reykjavik (Iceland). 

 

She graduated cum laude from the Academy of Fine Arts of Bologna in 2013 with a thesis on the psychological portrait and the relationship between artist and model. In 2016 she completed a Masters degree in Visual Arts at the same university, with a project called Móðir mín í kví kví, where she explored icelandic folk songs and tales. 

 

Ástríður starts her exhibition path during her university years and from 2012 she has been exhibiting her Art in personals and collectives at the followings art spaces and galleries: “Gallery I Portici”, “Teatro Del Navile”, art gallery “Caffè degli Artisti”,  the “Zoological Museum”, the “Academy of fine Arts of Bologna”,  “Sala Ovale of Loiano”, Association “Civico 32”, Atelier “Cobalto Lab”, the “Medieval civic Museum of Bologna” and the “Musée de l’OHM”. 

Ástríður can be defined as a very versatile artist, while always true to her aesthetic. In her work we can find cultural elements from her Nordic background interlacing with the Italian painting tradition and techniques, thus giving birth to an interesting dialogue.

She is mostly a painter, but sometimes she is able to experiment with other types of expressions such as installations and performances to fulfill the intention of the art study.

Portraits and human figures (especially female bodies) are the main subjects, in particular she has been studying the body and the many ways it connects, adapts and interacts with the space around it, often inspired by dancers movements, yoga positions, models and friends.

 

Ástriður is currently working on her next exhibition, which will take place in Reykjavik in spring 2021.  

Her attention has lately been drawn towards a circus activity called aerial silks which gave her a new opportunity to study the body and how it reacts to this particular object: two flaps of fabric that descend from the ceiling. 

The series is called “Panneggio” like the old masters technique of painting tissue drapings. She starts by representing the body in communication with the fabric until the former vanishes, leaving only a trace on the drape, which becomes a simple object giving infinite possibilities.

Education 

2014 - 2016

Accademia di Belle Arti di Bologna, Master in Visual  Arts.

2010 - 2013 

Accademia di Belle Arti di Bologna, Academic diploma  in painting. 

Exhibitions 

Solo

2019

What the water gave me, Cobalto Lab, Bologna. 

2016

Evulazioni Magmetiche,  Sala Ovale, Loiano.

2012

Personal exhibition at art gallery “Caffè  degli artisti”, Bologna.

Group

2014

Step/014 – Escursioni, curated by Lelio Aiello e Massimo Marchetti at Chiara Pergola’s  “Musée de l’OHM”, situated in Museo civico Medievale, Bologna.

2014

Diletto, curated by Luca  Caccioni at Cattedra Arti Visive Caccioni, Accademia di belle  Arti di Bologna.

2013

Visioni dell’anima, curated by Associazione civico 32 at Cortile Cafè, Bologna. 

2012

Ritratto al Museo, event “SBAM!cultura a  porte aperte”, live painting exhibition with Walter Materassi  at Museo di Zoologia, Bologna. 

2012

Dreamers, curated by Daniele  Degli Angeli, Luciana Missori and Paola Bussacchetti at Spazio espositivo Teatro del Navile, Bologna.

2012

Incontra l’Arte curated by Ginevra Russo at Gallery I Portici, Bologna. 

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