Zara Matthews studied at Goldsmiths College, Kingston Polytechnic, and at the Royal College of Art, London (1997-99).  She has exhibited in many solo and group exhibitions both nationally and internationally. Notable exhibitions include Terra Nova: Chimera & Chromosomes (Harewood House, Leeds 1996); Realism (Flowers East, London, 2006); Sensory Material (Bonhams, London, 2006); Love, Nursery Rhymes and Autobiography (Flowers East, London, 2008/9); EastEnd Academy - The Painting Edition (Whitechapel Gallery, London, 2009); Wall of Light (Standpoint Gallery, London, 2010); Chambre (Eagle Gallery, London, 2011); Swarovsky Art Icon Award Auction (Whitechapel Gallery, London 2014).

She was most recently nominated for the Max Mara Art Prize 2016-17 and awarded The Wapping Project Residency Berlin 2015. The artist currently lives and works in East London.

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