Born in Reykjavik, Iceland, in 1921, Jóhannes Jóhannesson studied art at the Barnes foundation in the US from 1945 to 1946, and in Italy and France from 1949 to 1951. A successful goldsmith, he focused exclusively on painting after 1973.


Closely involved in the cultural life of Iceland, Jóhannesson was one of the founders and participants of the country’s September Exhibitions from 1947, which became the chief forum for avant-garde art and remained so well into the 1950s. He served on the National Gallery of Iceland’s Museum Council from 1965 to 1973, and was exhibited in important group shows in national museums such as the Reykjavik Art Museum Asmundarsafn and the The ASÍ Art Museum.