In this outspoken biography, the life, art, and experiences of Guðmundur Guðmundsson, better known as Erró, are deconstructed by the artist himself and many of his personal friends, rivals, and contemporaries in the art world. Born in a small town in Iceland in the 1930’s, Erró discovered his muse and followed the siren call of his art to study and work in such places as Florence, Paris, New York, and Moscow, meeting and interacting with many of the best known artists of the time and celebrities such as Andy Warhol, Salvador Dalí, and Fidel Castro, to name but a few. Over the course of his career, Erró was and remains a prolific, imaginative, and often controversial artist, a citizen of the world but always an Icelander at heart.
Like a modern-day Odyssey, this story recounts the adventures of a young artist from a far-flung island in the colourful world of modern, international art, replete with its own gods and giants, perils, pitfalls, seductresses, and successes… including a triumphant homecoming.
The author, Aðalsteinn Ingólfsson, is a renowned art historian and author of several books on various aspects of Icelandic art. Philip Roughton translated from the Icelandic.