Zyma Amien was born in Lansdowne in Cape Town. In 1980, she matriculated from Cathkin High School in Heideveld . After Matric, she pursued a career in Medical Technology and graduated from Peninsula Technikon in Bellville in 1985, majoring in blood transfusion.
Zyma advanced to a career in art and started her studies with the University of South Africa in 2008 and graduated in 2014. Furthermore, she enrolled at the University of Cape Town for a Masters degree and graduated in 2015, with distinction for the work titled Real lives and ordinary objects: Partisan strategies of art-making with the garment workers of the Western Cape.
In 2012, Zyma won the Pretoria Cement competition for her work titled, The day they came for our house. In 2013, she was a finalist in the Sasol New Signatures and, in 2016, she won Sasol New Signatures.
Currently Zyma is a lecturer for UNISA.