Ríkharður Valtingojer

Iceland
Biography:

Rikhardur Valtingojer born 1935 in Bolzano Itali. He grow up in Schladming Austria until he was 13 years old and moved then to Graz where he learned Silversmith. Afterwards he went to the painting department in Art and Craft school. 1956 he joint the Art Academy in Vienna. In february 1960 traveled Rikhardur to Iceland and worked on Trawlers and Boots for 2 years. After this he settled in Reykjavik and established his Art studio. !970 he became the icelandic Citizenship In 1964 he held his fist exhibition Read more...of paintings. He became a teacher for Graphic in the Art school of Iceland and was some years the head of Graphic department. When the Art Academy of Iceland was established he designed the Graphic workshop.. 1976 met Rikhardur A. Paul Weber a famous german Artist wihch was 80 years old and a friendship began. A year later Rikhardur mufed to A. Paul Webers Hometown Schretstaken and learned Lithography. Rikhardur worked in social affairs, he was chairman and one of the founders of an Artist group. He established an Art gallery in 1979 and operated these until 1983. 1980 he received the DV Culture prize for his Graphic work. 1985 Rikhardur moved with his family to Stödvarfjördur a smal fishing village on the East cost and bought a house and established a graphic workshop. He kept on teaching half of the year in Reykjavik until 2003 when he retired. In Stödvarfjördur established Rikhardur with his wife Solrun Fridriksdottir an textile Artist and teacher, the Gallery Snaeros. This Gallery was one of the very few Gallery´s outside Reykjavik. There they have exhibit and sold there Art and Craft work. In the Gallery where also held ambitious exhibitions from foreign and icelandic Artists. Rikhardur has also held many graphic courses and workshops. The graphic press which Rikhardur designed was produced in Stödvarfjördur and used in many schools around the country. 2001 was Rikhardur the representant for Iceland on a graphic conference in Oslo. There he was lecturing and teached new technics in graphic. 2004 - 2006 moved Rikhardur to Kristiansand in Norway structure a new big graphic workshop and worked there as workshop manager and master printer. After returning to Iceland Rikhardur build him self a workshop which opens in 2007. In this workshop many courses and workshops has been held. But the workshop is also used by Artist working in graphik. 2010 Rikhardur became a honorable member of the Icelandic Graphic Associaton.

Skills: Mezzotint