Magnús Árnason (b. 1973) graduated from the Akademie der bildenden Künste in Vienna in 2003. Having drawn much local and international attention for his exhibitions, it has been stated that his is the darkest hope of Icelandic art. Magnus probes into the morbid side of the human imagination through his imagery reflecting horror, Icelandic mysticism, the gothic, and death metal and fairy tales in his films and installations, creating a world somewhere between magic and nightmare. A recurring character in his films and performances, Benedikt, is said to have emerged from the Icelandic lava fields.