About Me

My name is Ynja Mist and I'm born in 1996. I grew up in Kópavogur, Iceland, but moved to Copenhagen, denmark in 2017. In December 2015 I graduated from Fjölbrautaskólinn í Garðabæ, majoring Visual Arts, and minoring Fashion design.

I have been into arts ever since I can remember myself. When I was little I sat and drew for hours, I drew in all my schoolbooks and started experimenting with lots of different forms of art. In 2008 when I was 11 years old I held my first exhibition, and sold probably about 15 paintings over the summer. I was dedicated and wanted to be a successful artist already. In the years after, I started making jewellery, sold that on the street and on the internet, then I started painting tiny paintings on peoples nails on the street, sometimes I got other kids to my room to paint their nails, and sometimes I made special orders for jewellery. I always wanted to start early, and I held my first "real" solo art exhibition in 2016 when I graduated from school.

In 2016 - 2018 I tried to live off of selling my Art, with some other work on the side, I held exhibitions in Copenhagen and Iceland. Then my life took a big turn in late 2018, when I got a completely unplanned opportunity to open cake shop, so in the following years my life was all about cake business, we're talking  like 70 hours a week, so as you would guess there has not been much time to nurture the artist and the art. Very few pieces have been made during those years (2018-2021), but they are really special to me and they will be for sale soon.

Bio

Icelandic artist
Lives & works in Copenhagen, Denmark

 

ynjaart@gmail.com

Education
 

2002 - 2012

Karsnesskoli

 

Spring 2015

Onalaska High School

 

2012 - 2015

Fjolbrautaskolinn i Gardabae - Visual arts

 

Articles

http://www.visir.is/tok-malin-i-minar-hendur/article/2016160219172 (In Icelandic)

http://www.visir.is/hugfangin-af-hafinu/article/2016160518732 (In Icelandic)

http://www.kopavogsbladid.is/wp-content/uploads/Kopavogsbladid_200516.pdf (p. 12, in icelandic)

Interview in English: 
https://www.ynjaart.com/single-post/2017/05/31/Went-to-an-impactful-schooltrip-to-a-recycling-center

Source: http://www.visir.is/g/2017170509292

 

Exhibitions
 

2008 Hólmavík

My first "exhibition" in Hólmavík over summer.

2015 Hólmavík
Overview exhibition - work done in the usa, and from previous semesters in FG.

 

2016 Garðabær
(13.02 - 16.02)  Solo exhibition: Ocean of the world.

2016 Reykjavík
(21.05 - 03.06) Solo exhibition: KAF.

2016 Garðabær
(23.06.) Jonsmessugledi - Outdoor group exhibition organized by Gróska.

2017 Kópavogur
(18.04 - 13.05) Solo exhibition: Warming (Hlýnun).

2017 Akureyri
(13.07 - 18.10) Solo exhibition: Down to earth (Jarðbundin)

2017 Copenhagen
(14.10 - 14.12) Solo exhibition: Vision

2017 Copenhagen
(03.11 - 03.12) Solo exhibition: Unnamed at Open Gallery

Grants
& Awards 
 

2011

Still, national fashion competition for 12-15 year olds. 2nd place.

 

2015

RIFF "one minute short film", international film festival in Reykjavík. One of 19 final.

 

2015

Bókaræman, short film competition on books. Participation.

2015
FG award for an ambitious and imaginative final project in the art field.