Cristel van Zunderd is a Dutch artist who primarily specializes in graphic drypoint, experimental graphics, lino printing and charcoal drawing. She cites artists such as Mance Post, Jan Mankes, Quentin Blake and Tove Jansson among her influences. Cristel's love for the earth and its creatures is evident in her expressions which are enveloped in her blend of whimsy, nostalgia and humor. Her work often features animals that possess various personalities with stories behind them.
Since her first exhibition in Haarlem, Netherlands, back in 2012, Cristel has been travelling the world with and through her works - Singapore, New York during the Frieze Art Week three times, and during the Art Basel week in Miami four times. In 2014, her first illustrated book was conceived. "Mother Nature Is Calling Me Home" is a book about Joost, a terminally ill teenager whose questions, often spiritual, were captured and compiled before his passing. Shortly after its release, it was translated into English and picked up by The Bookstore in the Grove in Miami, and it has since become part of the National Dutch Library’s collection.
In 2015, Cristel held her first solo exhibition in Amsterdam which was well-received by locals and visitors. It featured her newer works which ranged from titles such as ‘The Famous Five’ to ‘My Name is Pam’, all of which were part of an upcoming book.
In 2016, Cristel traveled to Bologna, to attend the world's largest children's book art fair, the annual Bologna Children's Book Fair 2016. She exhibited her works alongside international illustrators and artists, and promoted " Mother nature is calling me home". In december later that year, Cristel's pieces were on display at the renowned Betsy Hotel on South Beach, alongside artists like photographer William Wegman and wall street Journal's illustrator, Jo Shea Javaslawic, during the Art Basel week.
2017 was a very special year with exhibitions in Brooklyn, New York. In summer, a sheep pen was converted into an intimate theater where her little film was premiered during an art festival in Holland. Later, in the fall, she was very proud to exhibit in Utrecht for plentyfood.nl - an organization that supports plant based food projects in developing countries- at the VegFest.nl in de Jaarbeurs. And in december she was very happy to be back with her work in South Beach at the renowned Blue Moon Hotel during art Basel.
2018 is going to be an interesting year with new works, new projects and upcoming exhibitions in Utrecht, Washington, New York and her hometown Best. Explorations of new media and tools, such as film and sculpturing, which is terribly exciting. More updates soon to come.