I aim to express and examine some basic forms of human emotions. In a sense you could say that most of my paintings are just series of mistakes until they add up to something that works out aesthetically and emotionally. In a sense, a lot like life itself.


— Steingrímur Gauti 

Born in Reykjavík, Iceland, in 1986, Steingrímur Gauti developed a passion for the arts in early youth and continued on this path, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Iceland University of Arts in 2015. Since then, he has been highly active in the art world, locally and internationally, quickly gaining notice for his large-scale abstract paintings along with various activities in the vibrant Icelandic arts scene. His works are currently featured in collections found in Iceland, Europe, The US and Asia.


Steingrímur primarily works in acrylics, along with a range of synthetic texture mediums, chalks and pigments. His most recent work include large, sparse, abstract expanses on canvas, with childlike drawings and scribbles of sentences scattered, sometimes hidden, in the many layers of paint he applies.


Drawing inspiration from his surroundings — the often overwhelming Icelandic nature and the country's unpredictable, ever-changing weather — along with daily life and urban textures, his works are expressive and impulsive, yet delicate and nuanced. His visceral abstract language is reminiscent of both landscape painting and Twombly-esque graffiti, with the balance of thin and thick layers of paint with incoherent writing and drawings peeking through — bringing the almost monochrome paintings to life. Like a dance.


Born in Reykjavík, Iceland in 1986

Lives and works in Reykjavík Iceland




2010 – 2015 BFA Fine Arts, Iceland University of the Arts
2012 – 2013 Visiting Student, Universität der Kunste, Berlin 
2009 – 2010 The Reykjavík School of Visual Arts 


Solo Exhibitions


2020 Mokka, ‘Vinnustofan (w. Halldór Ragnarsson), Reykjavík, Iceland
  Lumex Gallery, ‘Untitled’, Reykjavík, Iceland
  GK Gallery, ‘Untitled’, Reykjavík, Iceland
  Gallerí Grótta, ‘Ný verk’, Reykjavík, Iceland
2019 Gallery Kjallari, ‘…en svo vissi ég minna’, Reykjavík, Iceland
2018 Tveir Hrafnar, ‘Ekki gera neitt‘, Reykjavík, Iceland
  SÍM Gallery, ‘For the Time Being’, Reykjavík, Iceland
  Mosfellsbær Art Gallery, Undir’, Mosfellsbær, Iceland
2017 Mokka, ‘Citius’, Reykjavík, Iceland
  Ekkisens, ‘Blues (w. Logi Bjarnason), Reykjavík, Iceland
  Icelandic Printmakers Association, ‘Stund’, Reykjavík, Iceland

Gallery Port, Áferð / Texture (w. Kristín Morthens), Reykjavík, Iceland


Group Exhibitions


2023 Galerie Marguo, 'Art Paris 2023', Paris, France
2021 Galerie Marguo, Presentation of Marguo Artists, Paris, France
2020  Art3f Art Fair via Van Gogh Art Gallery (Madrid), Monaco
  Listasafn Árnesinga Art Museum, Tíðarandi / Zeitgeist, Hveragerði, Iceland
2019 Hafnarborg Art Museum, ‘Allt á sama tíma’, Reykjavík, Iceland
2018 Plan-B Art Festival, Borgarnes, Iceland
2016 Plan-B Art Festival, Borgarnes, Iceland




2019 Circolo Scandinavo (Skandinavisk Kunstforening), ‘Artist in Residence’, Rome, Italie