Olafur Eliasson

1967 · Iceland

Artist biography

Olafur Eliasson is a mid-career contemporary visual artist, who originates from Iceland, like other well-known artists such as Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir, Katrin Fridriks, Sara Riel, Hlynur Hallsson, and Ari Sigvaldason. Olafur Eliasson was born in 1967.


Olafur Eliasson most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Travesia Cuatro | Madrid in Spain (13 February 2018 until 14 April 2018) with the exhibition Una mirada a lo que vendrá. Olafur Eliasson's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions at; Galería Elvira González in Spain (13 February 2018 - 14 April 2018) with the name Una mirada a lo que vendrá and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery | New York in the United States (10 January 2020 - 19 February 2020) with the name Songs in the Dark.

Olafur Eliasson in private collections

There are two collectors in possession of art by Olafur Eliasson at Artland. These collectors include Wellsyke and Stalke Collection, who also has works by other artists including Qafar Rzayev, Willy Spiller, and Ruth Asawa.

Further Biographical Context for Olafur Eliasson

Born in 1967, Olafur Eliasson grew up during the 1980s and was inspired by the artistic culture of the time. The 1980s were a turbulent time culturally, and were marked by growing global capitalism, global mass media, significant discrepancies in wealth, alongside a distinctive sense of music and fashion, epitomised by electronic pop music and hip hop. Artists growing up during this time were heavily influenced by this cultural atmosphere. The 1980s were a key decade in terms of politics, marked by the African Famine and the end of the Cold War, which was signified by the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Neo Geo and The Pictures Generation became prominent art movements during the decade, alongside Neo-Expressionism which became popular in Germany, France and Italy (where it was known as Transavanguardia). Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were leading artists of the era, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who established the street art and graffiti movements.

Olafur Eliasson

  • Artworks in Collections 3
  • Exhibitions 7

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