Sunneva Ása



Sunneva Ása Weisshappel graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts from the Iceland University of the Arts, spring 2013 and is currently studying towards an MFA in Fine Arts at the Goldsmith University in London.

She works in various of different mediums; painting, installation, performance and video art. Along with fine art, she has worked in theatre and film as a production designer, set and costume designer.

Her art works have been exhibited, both nationally and internationally and she has worked in art residencies and been active in the visual art world since her graduation.

In her practice, she challenges the self on experimental platforms in order to explore and mirror the present, space, time and human emotions. Focusing on “painting” and “performance art” is Sunneva’s primary medium within her artistic expression, moreover, she has experimented by channeling it through many different platforms such as a canvas that is sewn together and each layer treated differently. Together, the layers form a work that is multifaceted, raw and time-related.


“My subjects in painting are the subject of living moments and the external and internal state of the human being. I work with the fusion of mind and body, and use life as a research platform. For me, painting is a two-dimensional state of mind that I explore by creating resistance, tension, unity and / or chaos with the working methods I have adopted. My paintings are like the human being who is complex, beautiful, ugly, multifaceted, full of contrasts, mistakes, feelings and contradictions.”


In 2013, she founded and managed Algera Studio; a workshop, art gallery and residency in Reykjavík. The studio was one of the main research bases for young artists in Iceland and was running for around four years.

Sunneva has directed and worked on several music videos which has been nominated for awards both in Iceland and Europe. 

Her first work in theatre was to design costumes and prosthetic makeup for Njála, that ran at the Reykjavik City Theatre, and in 2015 she was awarded the Gríman awards for the best costume design for her work in that production. 
After Njála, she worked in theatre for a few years, experimenting with the border between visual art and the world of theatre through costumes, video art, performance, installations and production/stage design.

Her first work in production design was in the physiological sci-fi series KATLA and then moving straight into the third season of Iceland´s most celebrated and popular TV show Trapped. Both projects produced by Netflix and RVK studios. 


''I stole this piece '' - Physical Cinema Festival

May 20, 2021 - May 30, 2021

Bíó Paradís, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland

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February 6, 2021 - February 28, 2021

Þula, Hjartatorg, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland

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Vol. no 1 2021

January 9, 2021 - January 31, 2021

Þula, Hjartatorg 101 Reykjavík, Iceland

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Gleðileg Jól

December 5, 2020 - December 23, 2020


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2021-           Goldsmith, University of London, England, MFA Fine Art

2009-2013  Iceland University of the Arts, B.A. Fine Art

2009-2010  Klassíski Listdansskólinn, Reykjavík, Iceland, Contemporary dance

2006-2008  Fjölbrautarskólinn í Breiðholti, Reykjavík, Iceland, Visual Art

1997-2006   Listdansskóli Íslands, Reykjavík, Iceland, Contemporary and

                     classical ballet


Solo Exhibitions (selected)

2021   Undirlög, Þula, Hjartatorg, Reykjavík, Iceland

2018   Metamorphosis, Gallerí Port, Reykjavík, Iceland

2018   Sugar Wounds No.04, Ármúli 7, Reykjavik, Iceland 

2012   Ylhýra, Iceland University of the Arts gallery, Reykjavík, Iceland


Group Exhibitions (selected)

2021    Vol.1, Þula, Hjartatorg, Reykjavík, Iceland

2020   Tíðarandi, Listasafn Árnesinga, Hveragerði, Iceland

2018   Sugar Wounds No.01, Ármúli 7, Reykjavik, Iceland

2018   Raunir, B Plan Art Festival, Borgarnes, Iceland

2018   Human Centipede, Mammút homecoming concert, Gamla Bíó, Reykjavík,   Iceland

2015   Soundscapes & Landscapes – Terraforming experiment 1, performing in the work at Mengi, Reykjavík, Iceland

2015   Hörund, Kynleikar, Ekkisens, Reykjavík, Iceland

2015   Dauðaherbergið, Lunga Art Festival, Seyðisfjörður, Iceland 

2015   Algera Fiesta Flow, Algera Studio, Reykjavík, Iceland

2015   Flaggskip, Hávaði, Ekkisens, Reykjavík, Iceland

2015   Plato’s Parable of Light 3D, performing in the work at Sequences Art Festival VII, Reykjavík, Iceland

2015   Dauðaherbergið, off venue Sequences Art Festival VII, Algera Studio,
Reykjavík, Iceland

2015   Mara, Listasafn SÍM, Reykjavík, Iceland

2014   Bæjarleyfi, Ekkisens, Reykjavík, Iceland

2014   Hrekkjavaka, Algera Studio, Reykjavík, Iceland

2014   Natura Mater, Umbreyting Einars, Listasafn Einars Jónssonar, Reykjavík, Iceland

2013   Hávaði, Iceland University of the Arts gallery, Reykjavík, Iceland

2013   Welcome: Play Me and Do You Want To Ride, Iceland University of the Arts graduation exhibition BA, Reykjavik Art Museum, Iceland

2013   Stabi Project, Ateliers de Bitche, Nantes, France

2012   Snertu Mig, Iceland University of the Arts gallery, Reykjavík, Iceland

2011   Homies Where My Heart Is, Laufásvegur basement, Reykjavík, Iceland

2011   Welcome To The Greenhouse, Sequences Art Festival, Reykjavík, Iceland

2010   Me To The Export Of The It, Lunga Art Festival, Seyðisfjörður, Iceland

2010   Do Not Cover, Æringur Art Festival, Stöðvafjörður, Iceland


Cinema work

2020-   Trapped III, production designer, Rvk Studios & Netflix, Iceland

2019-   Katla, production designer, Rvk Studios & Netflix, Iceland

2018   The Hero’s Journey to the Third Pole, artistic consultant, Elsku Rut,
Ground Control Productions & Ursus Parvus, Iceland 

2017   Mules, actress, Rvk Studios, Iceland


Theater work

2019   Zoo, Future X, creator and director, Sydhavn Theater, Copenhagen, Denmark

2018   Romeo and Juliet (William Shakespeare and Prokofiev), costume designer, Ballet des Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz, Munich, Germany

2018   Die verlorene Oper, Ruhrepos (Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht), costume designer, Staatstheater Hannover, Germany

2017   Guð Blessi Íslands, costume designer, Reykjavík City Theater, Reykjavík, Iceland

2017   Siegfried, The Ring of the Nibelung (Wagner), costume, choreography and video designer, Staatsoper Karlsruhe, Germany

2017   Álfahöllin, costume designer, National Theater of Iceland, Reykjavík, Iceland

2017   Hamlet (William Shakespeare), costume and art design, Staatstheater Hannover, Germany

2016   Óþello (William Shakespeare), costume designer, Vesturport, National Theater of Iceland, Reykjavík, Iceland

2016   Othello (William Shakespeare), costume design and choreography, Staatsschauspiel, Dresden, Germany

2016   Enemy of the Duck (Enemy of the People + The Wild Duck by Ibsen), costume design and choreography Norwegian National Theatre, Oslo, Norway

2016   Mutter Courage and her Children (Bertolt Brecht), costume and video design,Hessian State Theatre of Wiesbaden, Germany

2015   Njála, costume designer, Reykjavík City Theater, Iceland


Video art and music videos (selected)

2018   What’s your Secret? music video for Mammút, 4:23 minutes

2018   Salt, music video for Mammút, 5:47 minutes

2018   Ró, video art performance as music video for Mammút, 2:33 minutes

2016   Goldigaz, music video for We Are Z, 4:09 minutes

2016   Crazy Little You, music video for Cryptochrome, 3:49 minutes

2015   Glæður, music video for Mammút, 4:16 minutes

2015   Óráð, music video for Amabadama, 4:17 minutes

2015   Blood Burst, music video for Mammút, 5:03 minutes

2015   Í Næsta Lífi, music video for XXX Rottweiler hundar, 3:26 minutes

2014   Stimulation, video art work, 6:33 minutes

2014   The Rose, video art work, 9:47 minutes

2014   Síðasti dansinn, music video for Camber Orchestra, Kúbus, 2:47 minutes

2014   The Backbone, music video for Rökkurró, 4:30 minutes

2014   Þau Svæfa, music video for Mammút, 3:07 minutes

2014   Lemon Stars, music video for East of my Youth, 4:53 minutes

2013   Do You Want To Ride, video art/experimental movie, 47:02 minutes

2011   Nine, experimental video art work, 4 hours and 5 minutes

2011   Flaggskip, video art work, 10:09 minutes

2011   Hress Með Nananana, video art work series of 2-4 minutes long episodes

2009  Golden Dick Dance, video art performance, 4 minutes


Work experience (selected)

2017    Artist in residency program, Disco Art Festival, Oqaatsut, Greenland

2016   Artist in residency program at Le Wonder, Paris, France

2014- Manager of Algera Studio, residency programs and exhibitions, Iceland

2014   Performer in the music video Crossfade, directed by Tommy Kha, for GusGus, Iceland

2009  Performer in the film Democracy is a Mishmash of dead animals in a bun,                  by Steinunn Gunnlaugsdóttir, Iceland 

2009  Performer in the film Baby Bird, directed by Katrín Ólafsdóttir, Iceland



2015   Costume designer of the year at Gríman, the Icelandic Performing Arts     Awards, for Njála, Reykjavík City Theater, Iceland

2013   Album cover of the year at the Icelandic Music Awards, from the album    Komdu til mín Svarta Systir by Mammút. The cover contained a photographed performance by the artist, Reykjavík, Iceland



2019   Dance show of the year at the German Faust awards, Romeo and Juliet, costume design, Ballet des Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz, Munich, Germany

2017   Costume designer of the year at Gríman, the Icelandic Performing Arts    Awards, God Bless Iceland, Reykjavík City Theater, Iceland

2016   Theater performance of the year at Heddaprisen, The Norwegian Theater   Awards, Enemy of the Duck, costume design and choreography, Norwegian   National Theatre, Oslo, Norway

2014   Music video of the year at the Nordic Music Awards, Þau Svæfa by Mammút, director and creator, Oslo, Norway

2014   Music video of the year at the Icelandic Music Awards and the Northern Wave Film Festival for The Backbone by Rökkurró, director and creator, Iceland