Lien Botha was born in Gauteng, South Africa in 1961, she initially studied languages at the University of Pretoria and worked as a Press photographer for Beeld before moving to Cape Town in 1984 where she obtained a BA Fine Arts degree from the Michaelis School of Fine Art in 1988. Her introduction to alternative mediums such as printmaking, painting and sculpture determined the output of her work over the past two decades. Up to date she has participated in numerous South African and international group exhibitions and has held twelve solo shows. Botha has curated eight exhibitions and served on the curatorial committee of the first Cape Town Month of Photography. In 2005 she collaborated with the French theatre group Compagnie des Limbes and attended a residency at Nouaison, Pujols with exhibitions at l'Ete Photographique de Lectoure and MC2a in Bordeaux, France.