Lina Dorado is a graduate of the MFA Film ( Direction) at Columbia University in the city of New York,USA and also graduated with Hons of BA Fine Art,(Film and Video) at Central Saint Martins College of Art in London,UK.
Dorado has worked in collaboration with artist Luis Cantillo since 1994, exhibiting large format photography and video work around the world. Together they have authored two books: Second Sight and Drawing Only. Their book of photographs, Doble Vista/Second Sight (Taller Arte Dos, 2004), celebrating their ten years of collaborative work together, was purchased by the Museum of Modern Art MOMA and Whitney Museum for the Artist's Book Collection. Awards include: Best Director Award Columbia University (New York,2004), First Prize Fine Arts Short Film New Screen TV (USA, 2006), II Bienal Inter-Americana de Video (Washington D.C., 2004), File Festival (Brazil, 2004) .
Dorado and Cantillo's work has been exhibited at the Latin Collector Gallery in New York, Alliance Française, Museo de Arte de la Universidad Nacional, Metropolitan Museum of Art NY, Brooklyn Museum, Biblioteca Luis Angel Arango Museo del Oro and the Casas Reigner Gallery in Bogotá, among others.
They have developed projects for Iniva(England, UK), Hastings Museum (England, UK), Midlanda Konsthall (Sweden).
Their short film 2AM premiered in 2005 at the Brooklyn Museum and
was shown the same year at the Metropolitan Museum in New York.
At the end of last year, Dorado and Cantillo did an exhibition at the Arte Cámara in Bogotá, and their work was selected as part of a National Touring Exhibit with the Banco de la República of Colombia.
Dorado has taught Art Theory at Middlesex University. She worked as a Teaching Assistant for the world renown film critic Andrew Sarris in an International Film History course at Columbia University, as well as a class on Tibetan Film with Professor Robert Barnett. At Saint Martin's in London, Dorado was a student of artists such as Jeff Wall and Graham Ellard, and in New York she learned under NY Film Festival Director Richard Pena and Hollywood producer and screenwriter James Schamus.
Dorado worked as a story and editing consultant for films such as: Detrás de P, Gogol Bordello Non-stop, In search of Juan Valdez. She is the screenwriter of two award winning animated shorts: Poporo, 2AM Two Around the Mountain. She also directed 2AM Two Around the Mountain, along with Carnival Project (a collaboration with nine directors around the world), a video portrait of the painter Maria Morán for the Museo de la Unal: El Color Nativo, 2006.
Dorado directed a feature documentary about the Dalai Lama's historic visit to Colombia in 2007. It is currently in post production. She started her own production company, Illusory World Productions, in 2007.