In 2016 Toos van Holstein was elected as Dutch Brilliant Artist of the Year. Toos studied art at the Academy in Tilburg. With her independent nature Toos van Holstein choose, already many years ago, for an expressionistic , figurative world in her paintings. With her marvellous use of colours she creates a symbiosis of the many cultures on our world. In The Netherlands Toos van Holstein has been nominated several times for the election of the Artist of the Year. In this election she always ended up in the group of 25 most popular artists of the country. Besides exhibitions in galleries in The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Italy and the USA special shows of her work about The Divina Commedia by Dante, the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, the Iliad and Odysseus by Homer have been held at special locations like museums, churches and fortresses in The Netherlands, France, England, Venice and Beijing.