Frøydis Aarseth was born in Norway in 1986. She knew from an early age what she wanted in life and that was to work as a figurative artist.
In 2006, Aarseth moved to Florence in Italy to study full time at The Florence Academy of Art. After graduating from the academy in 2009, Aarseth continued her studies in Paris, France under the direction of the figurative master Odd Nerdrum.
Growing up in a small village next to the Førde fjord in Norway has had a big impact on Aarseths choice of themes. High mountains, steep fjords and figures out in the cold Norwegian winter are often seen in her paintings.
Today here themes are often impacted by the modern world. Like the environmental issues of plastic and the new world where we live more and more through our cell phones.
Aarseth has had several exhibitions and groupshows in Norway, Sweden, Germany, Italy and New York USA. Her work has been published in different brochures and magazines. She has also been presented as a young and promising talent in Scandinavia’s largest art magazine, KUNST.
Today Aarseth lives in Norway working as a full time artist and runs her own school of figurative art in Bergen, Norway, Frøydis Aarseths Malerskole.
2010: Apprentice of Odd Nerdrum
2006-2009: The Florence Academy of Art, Firenze, Italy
2002-2005: Tegning, form og farge, Art high school in Jølster, Norway
Work: 2011-2018 Teacher at Frøydis Aarseths Malerskole, Bergen, Norway
Awards: 2013: Chairman’s choice award for the painting “The journey” from the Art Renewal Center saloon’s competition in New York, USA.
Scholarships: 2010, 2011, 2012 Three year scholarship from the energy company Sogn og Fjordane Energi.
2010: Scholarship from Sven Revolds Minnefond
Organisation memberships: The Portrait Society of America
IGOR - The International Guild Of Realism
KFS - Foreningen for Klassisk Figurativ Samtidskunst