Lydia Dona was born in Bucharest, Romania. She received her BFA from the Bezalel Academy of Art in Jerusalem and the School of Visual Arts in New York in 1982 and her MFA from Hunter College in New York in 1984. Her work is held in significant public and private collections including the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Canada, the S.M.A.K. Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgium, and the Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich. In addition, she has lectured extensively on contemporary painting. Her work focuses on the exploration of the urban environment and the encroachment of technology on the human body. Her approach to abstraction often emphasizes a collision of natural form and machinery parts.