Maria Sjofn is a Visual Artist and a Designer living and working in Reykjavik, Iceland, where she was born and grew up. She works on her Visual Art and Design in long term projects developing her Art processes by layering research of Icelandic Nature. The research is based on her travels in the Icelandic Wilderness of the Highlands where she spends part of every year since young age. Nature is her heart matter and passion.
She has been working with depictions, ideology, representation, time and space. Presented by using mixed media as light designs, installations, space design, sculptures, digital photography, painting and paper. Along with her work she also teaches Arts and Design.
Maria is educated from Iceland Academy of Arts in Reykjavik with M.A. dipl.art.edu, M.A. in Design from Domus Academy in Milan, Italy and Design from I.E.D. in Madrid, Spain. She has been based in Reykjavik, Madrid, Milan and London working on her Art. Several of her Designs and Artwork have been nominated, awarded, published and exhibited in Iceland, throughout Europe and USA.
When presented with powerful experiences of nature, we feel a connection to the world and experience ourselves as part of a larger whole. Occurrences as the silhouetting in nature, the constantly changing lighting condition, reflection, shadow, mirroring, colour spectrum, texture, proportion and contextual relationships with the environment. From those sources of inspiration my creations are born. I like to analyse those subjects according to my own logic and translate them into narrative structures of rich visual symbology within my creations.
“Glacier Light” Lækningaminjasafnið, Seltjarnarnes, Iceland, 2016
“SeeMee” Louvre Museum, Paris, 2015
“Reykjavik Arts Festival” National Archives of Iceland, Reykjavik, 2014
“Kubburinn” Iceland Academy of Arts, Reykjavik, 2014
“Vatnavinir” Re Enchant the world, Paris, 2014
“Relate North Art” The Nordic House, Reykjavik, 2013
“Heimsljós” Harpan, Consert Hall, Reykjavik, 2013
“Skjaldbreiður” DesignMarch, Reykjavik, 2012
“Vatnavinir” Global Award for Sustainable Architecture Paris, 2011
“Vatnavinir” Man Made Environment, Oslo, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki and Reykjavik, 2010-2012
“Vatnavinir” EDEN tourism award of European Union, Brussels, 2010
“Vatnavinir” DesignMarch, Reykjavik, 2010
“Vatnavinir” 1. Prize, Bathing Culture in Reykjavik City, 2009
“Fiskur” Menningarnótt, Reykjavík, 2009
“Fiskur” Menningarnótt, Reykjavík, 2008
“Brilliant Bjartur” 1. Prize, Salone del Mobile, Euroluce, Milano, 2007
“Fiskur” Menningarnótt, Reykjavík, 2006
“Kind” National Museum of Iceland, “Ómur”, Reykjavik, 2005
“Kind” Diesel Style Lab,“Un_fold”, I.C.F.F. New York City, 2004
“Ylur” Honor Prize, Reykjavik City Hall, 2004
“Pack of Four” Salone Satellite, Milano, 2004
“Time Square” Braun Prize, Germany, 2003
“Sustainable Design” Triennale Museum, Milano, 2003
“Esterni”, Salone del Mobile, Milano, 2003
“3M Slightly Domestic” Salone del Mobile, Milano, 2002
“The Gift” Macef, Milano, 2002