Robert Holyhead studied at Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University (BA Hons, Fine Art, Painting 1993-96) and at the Chelsea School of Art and Design (MA Fine Art, Painting, 1996-97).
In 2005 he was a recipient of the five-year ACME Fire Station live/work residency. In 2009/2010 he was commissioned by the Government Art Collection to produce two site-specific works for the New British Embassy and the UK Permanent Representation to the European Union in Brussels. In July 2018 he undertook a residency at SoART in Austria and was announced as a runner- up for the UK Arts Award 20th Anniversary. He is represented by Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin and Paris. Recent projects include essay text for Tate Publishing for Patrick Heron at Tate St Ives.
The Arts Council Collection, the Government Art Collection, the Tate collection and Centre Pompidou have acquired his work.
Solo Exhibitions include: Galerie Max Hetzler, Paris (2016); PARTS Project, The Hague, (2016); Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin (2014); PEER, London (2012); Karsten Schubert, London (2009, 2010 and 2012).
Selected Group Exhibitions include: Revealed: Government Art Collection, Ulster Museum, Belfast, (2013); The Space Between, Tate Britain, London (2012/13)
Robert Holyhead was born in Trowbridge, England in 1974. He lives and works in London, United Kingdom