Ásdís Thórarinsdóttir was born in Akranes in 1957.
When she was admitted into the College of the Arts and Handicraft in 1996, she had already been attending various art courses for several years, mainly at the Artschool of Kópavogur.
In the year 2000 Ásdís graduated with a B.A. degree in fine arts from the Icelandic Academy of the Arts and has since then participated in exhibitions in Iceland and abroad.
Ásdís has been living many years abroad, mainly in Norway and in Switzerland, where she has had a second home for the last 10 years. Nevertheless it is the Icelandic nature that plays the largest role in her paintings. Capturing the exceptional Icelandic light is a constant challenge and inspiration as well as the bright and contrasting colours of the winter landscape; the black of the lava, the bright green of the wet moss and the glowing white of the snow.
Ásdís has a studio at Korpúlfsstaðir, a historical building at the outskirts of Reykjavik, where studios are rented out to artists by the Association of Artists (SÍM) of which Ásdís is a member.