Sjón (Sigurjón B. Sigurðsson) was born in Reykjavik on the 27th of August, 1962. He started his writing career early, publishing his first book of poetry, Sýnir (Visions), in 1978. Sjón was a founding member of the surrealist group, Medúsa, and soon became significant in Reykjavik´s cultural landscape.
Sjón has published many poetry collections, a number of novels, plays for theatre, librettos and material for children. In addition to his writing career, he has participated in art exhibitions and musical events of all kinds. He has collaborated with many other artists as well, most notably Björk, with whom he has composed music, conceived music videos, and written texts for songs, including those for the movie Dancer in the Dark (2000), directed by Lars Von Trier. Sjón was an original founder of the Children´s Art Workshop at the Gerðuberg Cultural Centre and has worked elsewhere with children in creative writing. He also helped establish the publishing house Smekkleysa (Bad Taste).
Sjón's work, both his poetry and novels, has been translated to numerous languages. He received the Nordic Councils's Literature Prize for his novella Skugga-Baldur (The Blue Fox) in 2005 and has also received a number of awards for his work in Iceland.
Sjón has lived and worked in London. He currently lives with his wife and two children in Reykjavik.