Zyma Amien was born in Lansdowne, Cape Town. After a rendezvous in the medical technology field, she advanced to a career in art and started her studies at the University of South Africa in 2008 and graduated in 2014. She completed a master’s in fine art from University of Cape Town in 2015.
Amien’s focus is on labour and exploitation concerns within the garment and textile industry. Her interest stems from her familial link to the industry. In 2012, she won the Pretoria Portland Cement competition. Furthermore, in 2013 she was a finalist in the Sasol New Signature and won then won the competition in 2016. She participated in group exhibitions as well as hosting her own solo shows. Her work forms part of the collection of South African Clothing Textile Workers Union as well as the Iziko National Gallery. In 2019 she participated in Investec Cape Town Art Fair in a solo booth, Tomorrow Today curated by Tumelo Mosaka. In 2022 Amine participated in the Stellenbosch Triennial in 2020.