Steinunn Þórarinsdóttir (b. 1955), who lives and works in Reykjavík, received her training as a sculptor at the University of Portsmouth in England and the Accademia di Belle Arti, Bologna.
Steinunn has been working on figurative sculpture from the beginning of her career 35 years ago. Her figures are symbols of humanity. They are organic and explosive in their texture and formation thus firmly rooted in their Icelandic origin. Steinunn has exhibited widely in Europe, Japan, North America and Australia. She has received numerous commissions in Iceland and abroad for both indoor and outdoor site-specific works. Her sculptures, made of f.e. cast iron, bronze, aluminum, steel, and/or glass, are often life-sized anonymous and androgynous bodies. Despite their seeming anonymity the works are based on her son´s body bringing in an element of family. The works are visually austere and stark but manifesting a sense of psychological interiority, Steinunn’s sculptures are archetypal representations of the modesty and frailty within the human condition.