Katrin Fridriks

Born in Reykjavik, Iceland, urban iconoclast Katrin Fridriks has lived in Luxembourg, Germany and the US and currently works from her studio in Paris, producing large-scale works for an eclectic International roster of collectors and curators.

Through her hyperkinetic abstract paintings, Fridriks fuses the natural energies of her native Iceland – fire, water, earth and air – with contemporary pop art, graffiti and calligraphic references to create a unique visual universe.

Versatile and highly inquisitive by nature, Fridriks effortlessly blends fine art painting with conceptual installations, having previously received grant support from the Minister for Culture in Luxembourg as well as a high-profile commission from the French Government to create an 80m² fresco for the Olympic Stadium of Nîmes in 2007.

She also presented at the Biennial of Liverpool in 2008 and has undertaken a small number of handpicked commercial commissions for premium global brands such as Ralph Lauren, and for Land Rover’s 60th anniversary event.

She has gallery representation in London, Paris, New York and Berlin.

  • Commissions, Publications & Grants

    2011
    Artcurial auction « 100 briques » Hôtel Marcel Dassault – Paris
    Pierre Bergé auction « Empreintes urbaines » Palais d’Iéna – Paris
    « Walls & Frames » Fine art from the streets edited by Gestalten – Germany

    2010
    Commissioned by Ralph Lauren Foundation « Art Stars » Charity Teenage Cancer Trust Phillips de Pury – London
    « Les Crayons » edited by Le Feuvre – Paris
    Pierre Bergé auction « Graffiti » ADGallizia, Palais de Tokyo – Paris

    2009
    International Campaign Award « Land Rover 60 yrs » Defender SVX 1/25 edition
    Artcurial auction, Salon Automobile, Fouquet’s – Paris
    Second International Conference on Transport & Energy Solutions « Made up war series » – Reykjavik
    Artcurial auction « Street heart » Forum Mondial Action Humanitaire, Palais de Tokyo – Paris

    2008
    Biennial of Liverpool « Made up risk boxes » – Liverpool
    Grants by the Trade Council of Iceland – Reykjavik
    Center of Icelandic Art – Reykjavik
    Grants by Minister of Culture, Higher Education & Research: Catalog « Face » – Luxembourg

    2007
    Commissioned by French government, Minister of Youth & Sports for the New Olympic Stadium of Nîmes, Fresco « Red Sea » 80m2 constructed by Bouygues & Architect BVL
    Opening Ceremony among Prime Minister, Minister of Education, Youth & Sports : Mr. François Fillon, Mrs. Roselyne Bachelot – Nîmes
    Commissioned by Bacardi Martini : customizing « special metal box » Bénédictine, world wide edition for the occasion of the solo show « Mangeurs d‘étoiles » with Invite honor : Ambassador of Iceland in FR, Museum Palais Bénédictine – Fécamp

    Selected Exhibitions

    2011
    Le Feuvre gallery « Chrome » – Paris
    Soho House & Cornershop « Urban Artist » Circleculture gallery – Berlin
    Circleculture gallery « Leak of Information » solo show – Berlin
    Pascal Janssens gallery « Mothernature » solo show – Ghent
    Circleculture gallery « Urban Artist » – Hamburg
    Forum Grimaldi « 40 ans du pressionnisme » Collection ADGallizia – Monaco
    Inauguration VickyDavid gallery – New York
    Le Feuvre gallery « 1 wall, 1 painting » – Paris

    2010
    Graffiti auction Pierre Bergé & ADGallizia, Palais de Tokyo – Paris
    Circleculture gallery « No such thing as good painting about nothing » – Berlin
    AAF 2010, original prints « Punk series » Future Tense gallery – London
    City of Barbizon « Angélus » – Barbizon
    Inauguration New Contemporary Art Center – Épinal
    Future Tense gallery – London
    Volta 6 – Art Basel, Circleculture gallery – Basel
    Circleculture gallery « Salon du Cercle de la Culture à Berlin » – Berlin
    Marrakesh Art Fair, Venise Cadre – Marrakesh
    Moniker Art Fair « Project Space » solo show, Circleculture gallery – London
    Le Feuvre gallery « Crayons » solo show – Paris
    The Border Contemporary Art Zone Lineart, solo show, Pascal Janssens gallery – Ghent
    Ralph Lauren Foundation « Art Stars » Phillips de Pury auction house – London

    2009
    Grand Palais « Tag & Graff » Collection ADGallizia – Paris
    Le Feuvre gallery « Summer exhibition » – Paris
    CAL Salon 2009 – Luxembourg
    Grand Palais Salon du Collectionneur, Bailly Contemporain – Paris
    Volchkova gallery – Paris
    « The Show » by Jérémy Rocher – Paris

    2008
    Center of Icelandic Art, SIM « Barbie-Q » – Reykjavik
    Oel-Früh gallery « KiloWatt » concept envelopes – Hamburg
    Biennale of Liverpool Novas Contemporary Urban Centre « Nice08 » – Liverpool
    Vigdis Finnbogadottir Foundation – Reykjavik
    Chappe gallery « Stereographic @ play » curated by David Letourneau – Paris
    Lost Horse gallery « Independence day » Handcuffs series – Reykjavik

    2007
    eArts Festival « Digital Experience » curator for Visual Systems – Shanghai
    Museum Palais Bénédictine « Star Eaters » solo show – Fécamp
    Fresco « Red Sea » 80m2 Olympic Stadium – Nîmes
    Fortis Bank « Decoding Iceland » guest of honor :
    Stefàn Johannesson Ambassador of Iceland in Brussels – Luxembourg
    Ice07 Cultural & Art Festival – Liverpool
    Sequences Art Festival – Reykjavik

    2006
    Espace à Vendre gallery « Monsters of Sound » – Nice
    CAL salon 2006 Grand Theater of Luxembourg
    Rush Art gallery « Paris is burning » curated by Rashaad Newsome – New York

    2005
    Nuziq Music Festival « Visual Identity » – Nice
    Scope Fair « Silent auction » – London
    Palais de Tokyo « Kathedrale » performance & video installation – Paris