Guğmundur Thoroddsen is originally from Reykjavik, Iceland, and after studies in Europe and New York has returned there to live and work. Thoroddsen's work questions the intersection of patriarchy, masculinity, ancestry, and symbols and religious idols from ancient history, with an emphasis on combining the sacred with the profane. Well known for his wooden sculpture and works on paper, he uses a variety of materials, including ink, collage, carved and painted wood, marble, excrement, ceramic, and gold leaf.
After studies in Iceland, Holland, Berlin, and Granada, Thoroddsen completed his MFA at the School of Visual Arts in New York. He has been included in many solo exhibitions in Iceland, and group exhibitions at the Reykjavik Art Museum, (Reykjavik), DODGE Gallery, (NY), Kling and Bang Gallery, (Reykjavik), and Danziger Gallery, (Berlin). He was nominated for the ArtPrize Top 2D Award for his SiTE:LAB show, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His 2012 solo exhibition "Father's Fathers" at Asya Geisberg Gallery was reviewed in Time Out New York, The Brooklyn Rail, Hyperallergic, and Artforum.com. A recipient of a Fountainhead Residency in Miami, FL in 2012, and artist grants from the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Iceland in 2012 and 2013, his work appears in the 2011 publication "Icelandic Art History from late 19th Century to Early 21st Century", as well as the 2009 New Museum's "Younger Than Jesus: Artist Directory".