Cynthia Lin was born in Taiwan, grew up near Chicago, Illinois, and now lives and works in Brooklyn and Queens, NY. Awards include a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, and New York Foundation for the Arts Finalist in Printmaking/Drawing/Book Arts. Recent solo shows include Westchester Community College, College of William and Mary, and Drew University.  Group exhibitions in New York include Drawing Center, The National Academy of Design, Lehmann Maupin Gallery, Yossi Milo Gallery, Equity Gallery, Michael Steinberg Gallery, Garvey Simon, Onishi Gallery, Garis & Hahn Gallery, Pierogi Gallery, ISE Cultural Foundation, Adam Baumgold Gallery, Dorsky Gallery, and Kentler Drawing International.  She has also shown at DeCordova Museum and Weatherspoon Art Museum.  Collections include Minneapolis Institute of Art and Dallas Museum of Art.
Residency fellowships include MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, The Space Program at the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Blue Mountain Center, Dora Maar House, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Visiting Artists and Scholars Program at the American Academy in Rome, and Oberpfälzer Künstlerhaus II in Schwandorf, Germany.
She is an Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing at Purchase College, State University of New York.