Finnbogi Pétursson is one of the leading contemporary artists in Iceland. He creates a bridge between science and nature, examining the very essence of light, sound and energy through sparse installations that utilize one substance to investigate the properties of another. Pétursson refers to himself as a visual artist interested in the behaviour of sound, rather than an audio artist. Having grown up playing multiple instruments, it seemed natural for him to combine sound and art. Looking to physics as a source of inspiration, he is drawn to what he calls ‘the in between’–not necessarily the amplifier or the guitar, but what happens to the sound waves between the two, and how you can manipulate it. His experiments often culminate in large installations where different elements and materials perform together in a perfect orchestral harmony, with each one revealing the fundamental properties of the other. His ability to illustrate the intangible and invisible has become a trademark in his work.
Finnbogi Pétursson was born in Reykjavik, Iceland in 1959. His works have been exhibited in various solo and group exhibitions, among others at Reykjavík Art Museum (Reykjavik, 2019), WWU Gallery (Bellingham, 2019), Berg Contemporary (Reykjavik, 2016), Quint Gallery (La Jolla, 2016), Wood Street Galleries (Pittsburgh, 2014), i8 Gallery (Reykjavik, 2006) and Venice Biennale (Venice, 2001).