One of Iceland’s most respected visual artists, Birgir Andrésson, died this October 24 at 52 years old.
Born in the Westmann Islands in 1955, Andrésson went on to study visual arts at the Icelandic Academy of the Arts and then received a graduate degree from the Jan Van Eyck Akademie in Maastricht in Holland.
The artists spent much of his childhood in a home for the blind in Hamrahlíð with his father and stepmother who were both blind. Andrésson was especially preoccupied in his work with spoken language, and the communication of visual perception, which he explored through text portraits, drawings, wall installations and threedimensional constructions.
This fall, Andrésson was nominated for the Icelandic Visual Arts Awards for the retrospective exhibition of his work at the National Gallery.
Andrésson’s final exhibition, “Eternal Eruption” (in collaboration with Ragna Róbertsdóttir) opened in Safn in October and will be on display until November 11.