Lien Botha was born in Gauteng province of South Africa, studied languages at Pretoria University and worked as a Press Photographer for BEELD before moving to Cape Town in 1984. In 1988 Lien Botha obtained a BAFA degree from the University of Cape Town. Since that time she has participated in more than 80 South African group shows and 15 international group exhibitions and has held five solo exhibitions. She has curated 5 exhibitions including PHOTO WORKS by Women in 1994,BLOEDLYN for the Klein Karoo Arts Festival and INVINCIBLES for the Pretoria Art Museum (both in 1999). During the same year she served on the curatorial committee of the first Cape Town Month of Photography.
Lien Botha's work is represented in major collections throughout South Africa : (SANG, Jhb Art Gallery, Durban Art Gallery, Pretoria Art Museum, University of Stellenbosch, Standard Bank Corporate, SASOL, Telkom, MuseumAfrica and the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Museum) as well as in private collections locally and abroad.
Lien Botha runs a professional photographic practice and has been invited as part- time lecturer at the Michaeli School of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town, Stellenbosch University, the Ruth Prowse School of Art as well as Studio Art Centres International - Florence, Italy and the San Francisco Art Institute.