Fríða Björk Gylfadóttir or “Fríða” as I am usually called, live in Siglufjörður, Icelands northernmost village with my husband and our two dogs I grew up in Reykjavík and have been drawing and painting for as long as I can remember.
I took some art classes as a kid at Myndlistaskóli Reykjavíkur.
In 1974 I had the lead women role in the mini tv series Paradise reclaimed my Halldór Laxness. It was a fantastic experience fo me being so young and I’ll always remember it.
About the same time I started experimenting with making hats. Most were inspired from my great-grandmother that used to run a hat shop in Reykjavík.
After moving to Siglufjörður, in 1993, I started painting and drawing again, after a long break. Living out in the country gave a nice boost of power and energy and my works became more in number and variety. My first studio I opened in 2003. I lost my job at the bank in Siglufjörður in 2015 and opened, following that, a café at my studio at Túngata 40a, based on my husbands idea, where I produce handmade chocolate and exhibit my art.