Bert van Zelm (1955, Amsterdam) was a student at the Rietveld Academy (Amsterdam) until June 1980. The last two years of his studies, he also took courses model painting at the State Academy of the Netherlands. He was given a scholarship at the Accademia delle Arti del Disegno at Florence, where he stayed for three years. His first solo exhibition was in Bari, Italy in 1983, concluding his Italian sojourn.
Between December 1991 and March 1993 Bert van Zelm lived and worked in New York, United States of America. Since 1999 Bert has lived in Barcelona.