Born in Reykjavik, Iceland in 1944

Ruskin School of Art in Oxford (1965-1967)


Vatican Collection, Rome

Nelson Atkin Museum, Kansas, USA

EEC Buildings, Brussels

Collection of HRH Queen Elizabeth II

Listasafn ASI, Reykjavik

Thjodarbokhladan, Reykjavik

Nordisk Aquarell, Sweden



Karolina - Lif og List, Jonina Michaelsdottir, Forlagid, Reykjavik, 1993

Painting People, Second Shift, Issue 3, 1994

Master Class with Sister Wendy Beckett, Art Review, July 1994

Sister Wendy Beckett-Meditations on Love, pub. By Dorling Kindersly Press, 1995

Article in the Art Newspaper, October 2002

Article in Akvarellmaleri Historia Och Teknik, by Tulla Grunberger

Och Anders Wallin Pub. ICA Bokforlag Sweden, 2002

The Watercolour Expert. Pub. Royal Watercolour Society 2004



Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, 1978, 1986, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004

Bankside Gallery, London. Biannual Exhibitions of RWS and RE since 1980

Mall Galleries, London. NEAC since 1992

Grafica Atlantica, Kjarvalsstadir, Reykjavik, 1987

Islensk Grafik, Aarhus, Denmark, 1989

Premio Internazionale Biella per L'Incisione, Italy, 1990, 1995

Islensk myndlist a leid um Nordurlond, Listasafn ASI, Reykjavik, 1990

Nordisk Aquarell. Goeteborg Konstmuseum, Sweden, 1992

Cambridge Contemporary Art, from 1993 - 2004

Lubljana Biennale, Lubljana, Slovenia, 1993

South African Association of Arts, Nieuw Muckleneuk, Pretoria, 1996

4th Biennale of Graphic Art, Belgrade, Yugoslavia, 1996

4th Triennale Mondiale D'Estampes Petit Format, Chamaliers, France, 1998 

Association for Visual Arts, Metropolitan Life Art Gallery, Cape Town, 1997

Pretoria University, Arts Department, 1998

Brandler Galleries, Brentwood, from 1995 - 2004

Pringle Gallery, Philadelphia, USA, 1999 -2004

Gallery Fold, Reykjavik, 1997 - 2004

Exhibition of Prrints, Kettles Yard, Cambridge, 2005

Gorstella Gallery,Chester,2006

Craft Centre and Design Gallery, Leeds, 2008

ING Discerning Eye exhibition, 2008, 2009. Invited artist.



Kjarvalsstadir, Reykjavik, Iceland, 1982, 1986

Chenile Gallery, London, 1983

Drian Gallery, 1984

Gallery 10, London, 1984, 1987, 1992

The Gallery Gammel Strand, Copenhagen, Denmark, 1986

Church Street Gallery, Saffron Walden, 1987

The Phoenix Gallery, Lavenham, 1989

The Gallery Nyhofn, Reykjavik, Iceland, 1990

Cambridge Contemporary Art, 1994

CCA Galleries, Oxford and Farnham, 1995

Café Palette, Pretoria Art Museum, 1996

Slunkariki, Isafjordur, Iceland, 1996

The Gallery Borg, Reykjavik, 1991, 1996

Swakopmund Art Association, Nammibia, 1997

Triennale Mondiale D'Estampes Petit Format, Issoire, France, 2000

Reykjavik Cathedral, to celebrate the World City of Culture, 2002

Billedeverkstedet, Brovst, Denmark, 1997, 2002

Gerdarsafarn, Listasafn Kopavogs, Iceland, 2002

Cambridge Contemporary Art, 2002

Sala Mengolero, Rojales(Alicante), Spain, 2003

Sarah Wiseman Gallery, Oxford, 2004

Cambridge Contemporary Art, 2005

Galleria Sant'Angelo, Biella, Italy, 2006

Gallery Turpentine, Reykjavik, Iceland, 2008

Cambridge Contemporary Art, 2009

The Contemporary Art Gallery, Reykjavik 2010 

'Wondrous Happenings', Sarah Wiseman Gallery, Oxford, 2019

'The Good Gathering', Castle Gallery, Inverness, 2019



The Dicks and Greenbury Prize, 1989

4th Triennale Mondiale D'Estampes Petit Format , France

In 1990, Karolina received a special award at the Premio Biella Internazionale per L'Incisione in Italy.

The Graphic artist of the Year 2005, Islensk Grafik.

Aberystwyth University School of Art Collection Prize 2012 


New English Art Club.

Fully elected member of The Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers