Born in Seoul, South Korea, Zin Lim received a B.F.A. in Industrial Design (Environmental) from Hong Ik University, Seoul in 2000. Same year, Lim moved to San Francisco Bay Area, United States. He received 2nd B.F.A. in 2003 and M.F.A. in 2006 of Fine Art: Figurative Painting from Academy of Art University, San Francisco.