Unni Askeland was born in Bergen in 1962, and is educated at Kunstskolenl in Kabelvåg, Kunsthøyskolen at Vestlandet and at Statens Kunsthøgskole under Per Kleiva. She has had a number of solo exhibitions and participated in the Autumn Exhibition, the Østlandsutstillingen and Norske Bilder. She has also shown pictures in New York, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Gothenburg and Berlin.
Unni can be described as a modern bohemian queen. She has always gone her own way, and has engaged and occasionally provoked with her art. She often moves within a pop-art, where she often uses well-known icons from popular culture, and has stated that art should also entertain. She has received a lot of attention in the media, including when in 2004 she showed a series of lithographs and paintings she called Munchadopsjoner, in which she processed Edvard Munch's well-known motifs. The exhibition was shown in Blomqvist Kunsthandel in Oslo and in the Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum in Tromsø. In 2008, four large paintings, 60 film stills and a video of her were bought by the National Museum.