“Baldur Helgason is an Icelandic visual artist who lives and works in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood. He graduated from Iceland University of the Arts in 2008 and from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco in 2011.

Through his work, Helgason experiments with the depiction of the human figure, playfully exaggerating the features and toying with representation of human emotions. While playful and humorous on the surface, a lot of these images are actually portraying anxiety, loneliness, and melancholy, all presented through the extraordinarily ordinary life of his iconic comic-like character.

Big-eyed, big nosed and with impossible limbs, this jolly fella feels as if he walked out of a classic cartoon, yet he is regularly portrayed while smoking drinking or getting involved in some sort of mischief.

Baldur Helgason has held three solo shows in Chicago and one in his native Iceland. He has also participated in several group shows in the US and Europe.”

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