Thorarinn Leifsson was born in Reykjavik, Iceland in 1966. In 1984-1989, he studied at the Icelandic Academy of Arts. In the same period he worked as a street painter in western Europe. After graduation from art school he worked as an illustrator, billboard painter and graphic designer. He has illustrated several books and newspaper articles. The HC Andersen books, published in 4 northern countries are among his most important illustrations.
First published writing was Total Freedom (2001) co-authored with Audur Jonsdottir. First book for children was Fathers Big Secret (2007) which has received excellent reviews and has since been published in Denmark and Germany.
His personal website is totil.com