Holly Zandbergen graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Visual Arts from the Dunedin School of Art. She gained recognition as an emerging artist when she became shortlisted for the NZAAT Emerging Artist Award at the New Zealand Art Show. Her shortlisted work, Figures by the River, was collected by art patron Chris Parkin.
In 2014, she moved to London and exhibited in various exhibitions, most notably the Creekside Open selected by Lisa Milroy at the APT Gallery and the National Open Art Competition at the Royal College of Art. There, she was awarded the Prudential Best Young Artists Award, a prize value of £5,000.
In February 2016, The River Child was selected for the Columbia Threadneedle Exhibition at the Mall Galleries and also toured to the famous Palazzo Strozzi in Florence in July. Her debut solo show, The River Series, opened in March at the Graham Hunter Gallery on Baker Street.
Holly has since gained gallery representation with the notable Rebecca Hossack Gallery in London and Black Asterisk in Auckland. In 2017, she has exhibited in two major New Zealand competitions, the Molly Morpeth Canady Award and the ZAFAA 17, and has recently exhibited two paintings in the Seattle Art Fair.
Upcoming shows include a solo show with the Rebecca Hossack Gallery in September 2017 titled: I Sit In The Blue Of The Hills, Lapada Art Fair 2017 and Art Toronto 2017.
Holly currently lives and works in Christchurch, New Zealand.