Mona Ryder was born in Brisbane in 1945. She completed an Associate Diploma of Visual Arts in 1980 and a Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts) in 1991 at QUT, Brisbane. Since 1980 Ryder has had numerous solo exhibitions, including Mother other lover, QAG, Brisbane (1995), and Mona Ryder: a survey, University Art Museum, University of Queensland, Brisbane (1984), and touring in 1985–86. Her work has been selected for many group exhibitions, including Regarding retro, Blacktown Arts Center, Sydney (2005) and touring; the 3rd International Fibre Art Biennale, Shanghai, China (2004); the Biennale of Sydney, Penrith Regional Art Gallery, New South Wales (1986), and Australian perspecta, AGNSW, Sydney (1985). Ryder has undertaken many public art commissions, including at the Thornton Street Ferry Terminal, Brisbane, in 1995. She has received a number of awards and grants, including an Australia Council Studio Grant for a residency in Vence, France, and Italy. Ryder has taught at Griffith University, Gold Coast, Queensland; Queensland College of the Arts, Brisbane; and CUT, Perth. Mona Ryder lives and works in Sydney.