Frieda van Zyl was born in 1966, in Kimberley. After she matriculated she studied Graphic Art under Niky Daly and Hardy Botha at the University of Stellenbosch.
In 1986 she went on to study Fine Arts with Graphic Art as a major at Cape Technicon under Jan Vermeirlen. She achieved distinction in photography. In 1987 Frieda was chosen as one of three South African artists to exhibit in the Republic of China, at the Taiwanese Biannual.
Since then she has taken part in various exhibitions throughout South Africa.