Hello, my name is Valgerður Ýr Magnúsdóttir and I am an Icelandic artist (born 1991). I finished my bachelor degree in Fine Art from Iceland Academy of The Arts in 2017 and am currently studying at the department for Master of Fine Art at the Glasgow School of Art.

Artist statement

I notice that I can see the cells in my eye moving. They move in a twisting exploding motion intensifying the movement of everything I look at. Shimmering in subtle shifting nuances these cells shine in a bright yet brief moment as they bounce off the reflecting sunlight creating curved flickering lines.

Everything around me goes into solution, breaks down and becomes liquefied. The green of the grass that my hands are touching weaves together with the red color of my coat and the faint, dust-like grey color of the pavement.  An airplane that I see passing by gets incorporated into the atmosphere and dissolves into the shape of the clouds as I take a long breath.

I suddenly perceive the world in fluid, formless motion.



2018- Master of Fine Art, The Glasgow School of Art.

2014-2017   Fine arts department, Iceland Academy of the Arts. Bachelor degree.

2016            Exchange semester at Haute école des arts du Rhin, France.

2013            Semester at Krabbesholm Højskole, Denmark. Art department.

2011-2013    Fjölbrautaskólinn í Breiðholti, gymnasium. Textile and fashion design.


Solo exhibitions

Flöktandi, fljótandi. Gallerí Tukt, Reykjavík, Iceland. 2017.

Í ofgnótt, Iceland Academy of The Arts, Reykjavík, Iceland. 2016.

Group exhibitions


Festival delle anime gentili/ Festival of gentle souls, San Lorenzo in Campo, Italy, curated by Bianca R. Schröder and Pietro Consolandi.

Bartók 1 galéria, Budapest, Hungary, curated by Márti Sipos and Kate Syme-Lamont.

59°54’41”N 10°45’28”E, Akademi rommet, Oslo, Norway, curated by Pietro Consolandi.


Folyam (at) ok, Jászbereny, Hungary.

Gestures. Reykjavík Art Museum Hafnarhús, Reykjavík, Iceland, curated by Thomas Pausz.

Aftur í líkamann, Algera studio, Reykjavík, Iceland. 

Koma, Skaftfell Center for Visual Arts, Seyðisfjörður, Iceland, curated by Kristján Steigrímur and Björn Roth.


Le Blanc ment, Berlin University of the Arts, Berlin. 


Kling & Bang Gallery, Reykjavík, Iceland. 

Molinn, Reykjavík, Iceland. 

Kaffistofan, Reykjavík, Iceland. 

2015  Empty Your Pockets, Pocket Gallery, project in a collaboration with Ieva Grigelionyte.


Perlan, Reykjavík, Iceland.  

Gallery Tukt, Reykjavík, Iceland.


Four boxes, Skive, Denmark. 2013

Doubleganger, Vess showroom, Copenhagen, Denmark. 2013



BARTR, Budapest Art Residency, Budapest, Hungary. April-June 2018. 

EEA European Exchange academy, educational program at the Nordic Artists Center, Norway, april-may 2015. 


Other projects

Art Camp, Jászbereny, Hungary 2017. 

Screening of a short film in Cinema Sõprus, Tallinn, Estonia. 2017.