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Erró is Iceland’s best known pop artist. His vibrant collages, depicting everything from Viking warriors to space-age superheroes all seemingly caught up in the same explosive battle, are certainly striking, if somewhat eye-blinding and not to everyone’s taste. Born Guðmundur Guðmundsson in Ólafsvík on the Snæfellsnes peninsula in 1932, Erró grew up in Kirkjubæjarklaustur before moving abroad to study at the art academies of Oslo, Florence and Ravenna and finally settling in Paris where he still lives today. In 1982 Erró (nobody knows why he chose this name, although he was forced to change from Ferró to Erró in 1967 after being sued) donated about two thousand of his works, including oil paintings, prints and sculptures, to the City of Reykjavík, a selection of which are on display inside the Hafnarhúsið.

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