Lydia (Leah) Ostrova was born in Sochi in 1914. She studied in the workshop of Isaak Brodsky at the Repin Institute in St. Petersburg, which she graduated from in 1939. After the war she later went on to teach at the Repin Institute. Ostrova's oeuvre is associated with the core group of artists active at the Academic Dacha in the Tver region. There she painted many of her most iconic works; well-known paintings of flowers and young children that can be included with the works of her peers Nikolai Timkov, Yuri Kugach, Vladimir Gavrilov, Alexei Gritsai and the Tkachev Brothers. She passed away in 2009 and today her work is in the collections of many Russian museums, including The Russian State Museum in St. Petersburg and in private collections worldwide.