Elva Hreiðarsdóttir was born in Ólafsvík in 1964 and grew up there. She studied teaching at the Teacher University of Iceland, and graduated in 1989. Elva taught art for a few years before she went to the Iceland Academy of the Arts and graduated from the graphics department in 2000. In addition, Elva has attended a number of art courses in Iceland and abroad, mainly in painting and solar printing. Elva has held numerous solo exhibitions and participated in group exhibitions both in Iceland and abroad.

She draws her subject matter from nature in general and often mixes materials from it into her visuals, whether she makes graphic plates or paintings. Elva lives in Reykjavík and has a studio in Korpúlfsstaðir. She teaches at the Art School in Reykjavík as well as working part of the year in Snæfellsnes.

Artist & Teacher from Iceland
Printmaker/ grafik.

I am inspired by nature and it feeds my work. It is not always the landscape, broad mountains, rivers or vegetation, but the lines and shapes that appear in its crumbling cliffs, broken basalt columns and weathered rocks.


The journey through these landscapes is an important part of my creative process: I take photographs and sketches of new ideas, and bring these back to my studio to continue working on. I make printing plates by sketching, gluing, cutting and varnishing. After this I make the print, and the result is often unexpected. 


The lines and forms in rocks remind me of  how nature is constantly creating and recreating itself.  I put certain natural elements into new contexts, which are not necessarily recognizable. I seek tranquillity out in nature, and I try to express it in my work. 


Elva's Open Studio

Elva's Studio


Elva Hreiðarsdóttir

Born 1964

Studio Korpúlfsstaðir, Reykjavík, Iceland

Mobile +354 692 4440



2019 Painted at Inés Hildi  St. Paul de Vence, France

2017 Bifröst University, Power of women

2014 Korpúlfsstaðir Reykjavik, Watercolour painting by Martin Gjul

2013-2014 Kópavogur School of Art and Crafts, Watercolour painting.

2011 Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, USA, Printmaking by Dan Welden.

2011 Truro Center for the Arts, Castel Hill, USA, Master Class, Printmaking by Dan Welden.

2009-2011 Workshops by Bjarni Sigurbjörnsson (Master Class), Soffía Sæmundsdóttir,

Arngunnur Ýr Gylfadóttir, Nicole Pietratroni.

2008-2009 Kópavogur School of Art and Crafts, Master Class, by Bjarni Sigurbjörnsson.

2000 Iceland Academy of the Arts, B.A

1997-1999 Iceland College of Arts and Crafts

1996-1997 Reykjavík School of Arts and Crafts

1990-1996 Various seminar in Arts and Crafts

1985-1989 University of Education, B.Ed, specialized in Arts and Crafts.

1981-1985 College, Multidisciplinary School in Breiðholt, Reykjavík SOLO 


2020 Viðvík, Hellissandi

2019 Art Museum Reykjaness, Reykjanesbæ

2019 Tampa International Airport, Tampa, Florida, USA
2018 Art Museum Reykjaness, Reykjanesbæ
2017 Átthagastofa Snæfellsbæjar, Snæfellsbæ
2017 Hvítahús, Krossavík, Hellissandi
2017 Doxa Home Lab and Gallery, Florida, USA

2016 Skot, Skúmaskot Art Gallery, Reykjavík, Iceland

2015 Hvítahús, Artist Residency, Krossavík, Hellissandi, Iceland

2015 Mobryggja, Modalen, Norway 

2014 Efla, Engineer Lab, Reykjavík, Iceland

2014 Icelandic Printmakers Association, Art Gallery, Reykjavík, Iceland

2014 Hún and hún, Art Gallery, Reykjavík, Iceland

2013 Icelandic Printmakers Association, Art Gallery, Reykjavík, Iceland

2012 Oppdal Kulturhus, Oppdal, Norway

2012 Kirsuberjatréð, Show Room, Reykjavík, Iceland

2011 Icelandic Printmakers Association, Art Gallery, Reykjavík, Iceland

2010 Jónas Viðar gallerí, Akureyri, Iceland

2010 Gallery Fiskur, Reykjavík, Iceland

2009 Selasetur Íslands, Hvammstanga, Iceland

2008 Gunnarsstofnun, Skriðuklaustri, Iceland

2008 GalleriaZero, Barcelona ,Spain

2008 Gallerí Thors, Art Gallery, Hafnarfjörður, Iceland

2006 Grafíksafn Íslands, Art Gallery, Reykjavík, Iceland

2004 Dugguvogur 10, Workshop exhibition, Reykjavík, Iceland

2003 Gallery Fiskur, Reykjavík, Iceland

2003 Pakkhúsið, Museum, Ólafsvík, Iceland

2002 Ófeigur Art Gallery, Reykjavík, Iceland

2000 Búnaðarbankinn v/Hlemm, window gallery, Reykjavík, Iceland



2020 Icelandic Graphic, Reykjavík

2020 50 years Anniversary Show Icelandic graphic, The Nordic House, Reykjavík

2020 4 Global Print 2020, Portugal

2019 Museum and Fine Arts, FSU, Florida, USA

2019 4 Global Print 2019, Portugal

2019 No. 3 Environment, Snæfellsnesi

2018 9 International Printmaking Biennal Douro, Portugal
2018 Hvítahús, Krossavík v/Hellissand
2018 Kabelfabriken, Helsingfors, Finland
2017 Douro Printmaking Biennal, Alijó, Portugal
2017 Nordens ljus Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden

2016 Reykjanes Art Museum, Reykjanes, Iceland

2016 Manhattan Graphics, New York, USA

2016 Artist house, Borgarnes, Iceland

2016 Hjálmaklettur, Borgarnes, Iceland

2015 Neskirkja, Reykjavík, Iceland 

2015 Korpúlfsstaðir, Reykjavík, Iceland

2014 45th, Anniversary of IPA in Iceland, Artotek Reykjavik Iceland

2014 IPA and Boston Printmakers The Printmakers Association, Reykjavik, Iceland

2014 Korpúlfsstaðir, Reykjavík, Iceland

2013 The Icelandic Printmakers Association, Reykjavík, Iceland

2013 Grafik Galleriet, Næstved, Danmark

2012 Lithografiudagar, Munchen, Germany

2012 The Icelandic Printmakers Association, Reykjavík, Iceland

2011 Reykjanes Art Museum, Reykjanes, Iceland

2010 Grafiska Sellskapet, Stockholm, Sweden

2010 Korpúlfsstaðir, Reykjavík, Iceland

2009 Korpúlfsstaðir, Reykjavík, Iceland

2009 Nordic house, Reykjavik, Iceland

2009 Gallerí Thors, Art Gallery, Hafnarfjörður, Iceland


2008 Iða Art Gallery, Iðuhúsið, Reykjavík, Iceland

2008 The Icelandic Printmakers Association Gallery, Iceland


2008 Korpúlfsstaðir, Reykjavík, Iceland

2008 International Mini Print Exibition, Naestved, Danmark

2007 Korpúlfsstaðir, Reykjavík, Iceland

2006 Grafíksafn Íslands, Reykjavík, Iceland

2006 Forum for Kunst, Heidelberg, Germany

2005 The Icelandic Printmakers Association Gallery, Iceland

2004 Íslensk grafík, Art gallery –GÍF, Reykjavík, Iceland

2004 Workshop Exhibition, Reykjavík, Iceland

2003 Óðinshús, Art Gallery, Eyrarbakki, Iceland

2000 Iceland Academy of the Arts, Reykjavík, Iceland

2000 Íslensk Grafík, Art Gallery, Reykjavík, Iceland

1999 San Fransisco University, USA.



2012 The Idea of North: Portfolio Exchange - A portfolio given to each participated artist and remaining sets went to the following collections: • Collection of the Icelandic Printmakers’ Association, Reykjavik, Iceland • Art in Embassies Program, Collection of the US Embassy, Reykjavik, Iceland • Southern Graphics Council International Print Archive, Oxford, Mississippi, USA • The Leifur Eiríksson Foundation, Richmond, Virginia, USA

2009 Reykjavik Arts festival, Iceland

2005 Faaborg Kunstfestival, Denmark



2017-Present Teacher at The Reykjavik School of Visual Arts

2016 Teacher at Mosfellsbær School of Visual Art, Iceland

2014 Teacher at Mosfellsbær School of Visual Art, Iceland

2012 Teacher at Mosfellsbær School of Visual Art, Iceland

2006-2008 Teacher at Reykjavík School of Visual Art, Iceland

2004-2008 Art teacher at Foldaskóli, Reykjavík, Iceland

1993-1997 Art teacher Garðaskóli, Garðabæ, Iceland

1989-1993 Art teacher at Grunnskólinn í Borgarnesi, Iceland



The Icelandic Printmakers Association (Icelandic graphic)

The Associaton of Icelandic Visual Artists (SÍM)

KorpArt-visual artist at Korpúlfsstaðir, Reykjavík, Iceland

NAS-Nordiska Akvarell Sallskapet



2015-2016 Exhibition Committee at The Icelandic Printmakers Association

2003-2005 Printstudio Committee at The Icelandic Printmakers Association

2005-2007 Exhibition Committee at The Icelandic Printmakers Association

2008- 2011 Chairman at The Icelandic Printmakers Association

2013 Honourable printmaking artist at the Icelandic Printmakers Association,

2010 The artist of the year at Soffia sisters, Oddfellow