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Sigrún Eldjárn


Sigrún Eldjárn was born on May 3, 1954 in Reykjavík. She graduated from highschool in 1974 and in 1977 she graduated from the department of graphic design at The Icelandic College of Arts and Crafts. In 1978 Sigrún spent some time in Poland as a guest-student at the Academies of the Arts in Warsaw and Krakow. Sigrún has worked as an artist since 1978. She has exhibited her work extensively, both in solo-exhibitions and participating in exhibitions in Iceland and abroad, such as Scandinavia, Poland, Germany, USA, S-Korea, Taiwan and Japan. Art by Sigrún is owned by a number of large museums and institutions in Iceland and abroad.

Alongside her art, Sigrún has worked as a writer and has published numerous books for children. Her first book, Allt í plati (Just Joking) was published in 1980. Sigrún illustrates all her books and has furthermore illustrated a number of books for other authors, such as Guðrún Helgadóttir, Magnea frá Kleifum and her brother, Þórarinn Eldjárn. He has also written poetry for her picture books.

Sigrún and Þórarinn have received various awards for their books, and they were nominated for the Nordic Children’s Book Prize in 1998. Sigrún has also been awarded the IBBY Iceland prize Sögusteinn, the Icelandis Bookseller’s Prize and she received the Icelandic Knight’s Cross of the Order of the Falcon in 2008 for her writings for children. Apart from writing books, Sigrún has also written television manuscripts for The Icelandic National Broadcasting Service.

Sigrún Eldjárn lives in Reykjavík.

Publisher: Mál og menning.