Dora Maurer was born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1937. From 1955 to 1961 she studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Budapest. For 1967 she received a working scholarship in Vienna. From 1987 to 1991 she held a visiting professorship at the Academy of Applied Arts in Budapest. From 1975 to 1977 she taught an art education course with Miklós Erdély at the Ganz Mávag Culture House in Budapest. From 1990 to 2007 she was first a lecturer and from 2003 to 2007 a professor at the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts in Budapest. In 1999-2002, the Hungarian Ministry of Culture awarded her a Széchenyi Professorship Fellowship. In 2003, she was awarded the prestigious Kossuth Hungarian State Prize. In 2013 she received the Peter C. Ruppert Prize for Concrete Art in Europe. Dora Maurer lives in Vienna and Budapest.