Ólöf Benediktsdóttir is an artist, musician and poet based in Reykjavík, Iceland. She graduated form the fine arts department of The Icelandic art academy in 2013. Since graduation Ólöf has tried her hand at many varied projects, such as stage design and artistic direction music festival, organising events,  set up many exhibitions, bot solo and collective, and participated in a few art festivals.
In her art Ólöf works with themes relating to nature and science on one hand, and the body and the human experience on the other. For the past year she has been focusing on bird paintings that are illustrative of the human tendency to mirror himself in the natural world. While the content of her works usually relates to the natural world and the human body the visual elements of her works are heavily inspired by cartoons and illustrations. Her visual language is charecterised by strong colours, a flat visual structures, patterns and bold outlines.


2020 Stúdíó Sýrland, Hljóðtækni

2017 Tónlistarskóli FÍH, Rythmic singing, grunnpróf

2016 Promennt, course in website building and photo editing

2010 2013  Icelandic Art Academy, bachelor of fine arts, Reykjavík.

2006 – 2009 Fjölbrautarskólinn í Garðabæ, visual art, Garðabær


Select performances 

Andkristnihátíð 2022, Svartþoka

Eistnaflug 2022, Svartþoka

Norðanpaunk 2022, Svartþoka

Raflost 2022, Svartþoka

Doomcember 2021, Svartþoka


Sírenusöngur by Svartþoka, single, 2022

Draumsóleyjahafið by Svartþoka, single, 2022

Recording and mixing

Sírenusöngur by Svartþoka, single, 2022 – Recording, mixing and mastering.

Draumsóleyjahafið by Svartþoka, single, 2022 – Recording, mixing and mastering.

Í sæng saman live session series at Loft Hostel in 2021 – Recording, mixing and mastering.

Other work in music

2017 Norðanpaunk/Art director

Visual arts

Solo Exhibitions

2018 Reykjavík Roasters / It’s a feelings, not a word

2018 Bókasafnið í Hveragerði / Fygli

2015 Kaktus / Sjálf-varp

2015 Ekkisens/Solo exhibition, Theory of Everything

2014 Gallery Orange/Solo exhibition, !0

Group exhibitions 

2016 Verksmiðjan Hjalteyri/Two works in the group exhibition, Rífa Kjaft

2015 Gallery Ekkisens/Exhibition as part of the two piece collective Yotta-Zetta

2015 Anarkía/Exhibition as part of the two piece collective Samsýning Yotta-Zetta

2015 Lunga2015 / Festival art exhibition with interactive performance Picture of the universe in a 1000 pieces

2014 SÍM salurinn / Y

2013 Kaffistofan/Oil Peak, two artist exhibition with visual artist Darr Tah Lei

Artworks in public space

2018 Hótel Laki/Large mural

2017 Hlemmur mathöll/Large window paintings

Artist in residence

2018 Listamannahúsið í Varmárhlíð, Iceland/Artist in residence

2016 Arteles Creative Center, Finland/Artist in residence

Grants and funding

2018 Reykjavík UNESCO literary city, funding for a series of slam poetry events

2016 Selected to be part of a two person team participating on behalf of Reykjaví UNESCO literary city in Drop the Mic, a project about slam poetry   

2016 Muggur travel fund, funding for a residency stay in Arteles Creative Center in Finland