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Lived/Active: Texas / Iceland      Known for: large metal and stone sculpture

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Johann Eyfells (b. 1923)

Born on June 21, 1923 in   Reykjavik, Iceland,  Johann Eyfells is known for his large abstract sculptures in metal alloys, rubber, paper, and stone.  His work expresses a deep appreciation for the  natural world and man's place in it.  He begins all his work with a philosophical premise, a neologism that has become his signature identity in the art world, "receptualism". He sets the stage for certain transformations or fusions to take place when he pours molten metals into moulds.  The result is never predictable, but often expresses great respect for the forces that transform inorganic matter into shapes and hues heretofore unseen by the human eye.
 
He came to the United States from Iceland in 1945, studied architecture and became licensed in the state of New York after several years of study at  the University of California, Berkeley.  Too independent for accommodating his clients' building specifications, he decided study fine art.  He  completed his second and third degrees at the University of Florida, Gainesville and gained considerable recognition in the early 60's and throughout his career.  He taught fine art at the University of Central Florida for 30 years (1968-1998).

Permanent Collections:
Reykjavik National Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland, University of Florida Art Museum, Gainesville, Florida

He has exhibited his work in 153 documented art shows and invitational exhibitions.  Included here are 10 of his major exhibitions:
1962 "The First Invitational All Florida Sculpture Show", Tallahassee, FL
1967  Rostock Biennale, Rostock, Germany
1970  Icelandic Outdoor Sculpture"  Reykjavik, Iceland
1972  "Space Cathedral"  Marathon Art Project for Patrick Air Force Base, Florida
1972  XX Summer Olympics, Munich, Germany
1976 "Dimensions '76, Loch Haven Park, Orlando, Florida
 1984 "Johann Eyfells Metal Work and Paper Collapsions", Deland, Florida
1990 "Circular, Cubical and Triangular Linguisticities"  The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
 1992 "Contemporary Islandic Sculptors"  University of Texas at El Paso, Texas
1999  "United Nations World Artists at the Millennium"  New York, New York

Memberships:  (mostly academic memberships since he taught fine art at the University of Central Florida, Orlando.)
The National Society of Arts and Letters, Washington D.C.
The American Association of University Professors, Washington D.C.
The Association of Icelandic Artists, Reykjavik, Iceland
The Society of Icelandic Architects, Reykjavik, Iceland
The College Art Association of America, New York, New York
The Council of Arts and Sciences, Williamsburg, Virginia

Books:
Fifty Years of Icelandic Art at the Venice Biennale,pp. 30-31 and 96-99       
Author:Hafpor Yngvason
Year of Publication:  1999
Total Number of Pages in Book: 135
Color Images:  yes
 
Arkitektatal, pp. 332-333
Author: Haraldur Helgason
Year of Publication: 1997
Total Number of Pages in Book:  518
Color Images:  No
(Johann Eyfells is also a degreed and licensed architect.)

Periodicals:
The News Journal, Daytona Beach, Florida,  December 29, 1996
 "Art Objects of Meditation" by Laura Stewart Section G.

numerous other magazine and periodical articles

Special Awards:
Nominee for "Professor of the Year"  The Council for Advancement and Support of Education, 1987
Listed in "Outstanding Educators of America", 1975, Library of Congress Catalog Card No. 74-148050
 "Names of Distinction, Inc.  "Spirit of 76 Award", Certificate No. 1047
"Flat As Flat As Flat"  winner of $1,000 award in Florida fine art competition,  (date unknown)

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