Renée Van Halm was born in the Netherlands and immigrated to Canada as a young child. She now lives and works in Vancouver after many years in Toronto, Montréal, and Berlin. Her undergraduate work was completed at the Vancouver School of Art (now Emily Carr University of Art and Design) and she completed an MFA at Concordia University in Montréal.
In addition to over 30 solo exhibitions, her work has been included in numerous group exhibitions such as: Form Follows Fiction, UTAC, Toronto (2016), The Poetics of Space, Vancouver Art Gallery (2015), New Monuments Forget the Future, Birch Contemporary (2015), Cut and Paste (2012) at the Equinox Gallery, Architypes in Sydney (2004) and Tokyo (2005); weak thought (1997-98) at the Vancouver Art Gallery and Songs of Experience (1983) at the National Gallery of Canada. Her work has been collected publicly and privately in Canada and elsewhere. She has recently had solo exhibitions at both the Equinox and Birch Contemporary galleries and currently preparing an exhibition of new work for the West Vancouver Museum in 2017. In 2012 the Burnaby Art Gallery mounted a 35 year survey exhibition of her works on paper.
In addition, Van Halm has been involved with many related projects including the founding of Mercer Union, the artist run centre in Toronto, in 1979. She taught for over a decade at York University before joining the faculty of Emily Carr University of Art and Design in 1992 where she is now professor emerita. Her work is represented by Birch Contemporary in Toronto and the Equinox Gallery in Vancouver.