Lily Lion Kngwarreye was born in 1964 in Utopia, Northern Territory. Utopia is located approximately 270km North East of Alice Springs. Lily is sister to Michelle Lion and is also from the same skin group as Lucky Morton Kngwarreye.
Like many of the women from Utopia, Lily began painting her dreamtime stories through the medium of Batik, and through further development, began painting. Batik is a traditional, Indonesian style of dying fabrics, forming beautiful and delicate patterns.