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.
Lives & works in Copenhagen, Denmark
2002 - 2012
Onalaska High School
2012 - 2015
Fjolbrautaskolinn i Gardabae - Visual arts
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:
My first "exhibition" in Hólmavík over summer.
Overview exhibition - work done in the usa, and from previous semesters in FG.
(13.02 - 16.02) Solo exhibition: Ocean of the world.
(21.05 - 03.06) Solo exhibition: KAF.
(23.06.) Jonsmessugledi - Outdoor group exhibition organized by Gróska.
(18.04 - 13.05) Solo exhibition: Warming (Hlýnun).
(13.07 - 18.10) Solo exhibition: Down to earth (Jarðbundin)
(14.10 - 14.12) Solo exhibition: Vision
(03.11 - 03.12) Solo exhibition: Unnamed at Open Gallery
Still, national fashion competition for 12-15 year olds. 2nd place.
RIFF "one minute short film", international film festival in Reykjavík. One of 19 final.
Bókaræman, short film competition on books. Participation.
FG award for an ambitious and imaginative final project in the art field.