Lynda Ballen was born in Johannesburg where she lives and works today as a fine artist. Ballen has also taught and mentored in arts institutions in South Africa, specifically the Johannesburg Art Foundation. At the heart of Lynda Ballan's practice is a great respect for global traditions of craftsmanship coupled with a desire to recognize raw materials as precious by privileging processes such as papermaking. Ballen has exhibited since the 1980s. She has work in major South African museum collections, such as The Iziko South African National Gallery in Cape Town and The Pretoria Art Museum. Ballen has a BA Fine Arts degree from the University of the Witwatersrand and a MA in Art Education from New York University.