Cynthia Lin was born in Taiwan and grew up near Chicago, Illinois. She currently lives in New York and works in Bushwick/ Queens. She was awarded a New York Foundation for the Arts Finalist in Printmaking/Drawing/Book Arts in 2014 and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in 2006. She has shown at Lehmann Maupin Gallery, Yossi Milo Gallery, DeCordova Museum, Pierogi Gallery, Garis & Hahn Gallery, Michael Steinberg Gallery, The National Academy of Design, The Drawing Center, Weatherspoon Art Museum and Kentler International Drawing Space. Her work is in collections at the Minneapolis Institute of Art and the Dallas Museum of Art.
She recently attended The Brown Foundation Fellows Program at the Dora Maar House in Menerbes, France, as well as Yaddo and The MacDowell Colony. Other fellowships include The Space Program at the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation, Blue Mountain Center, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, and the Visiting Artists and Scholars Program at the American Academy in Rome.