A native of Iowa City, Amy Dobrian graduated from Dartmouth College in 1987 with a dual major in French and Visual Arts, after which she studied drawing, painting, and printmaking at the Lacoste School of the Arts in Lacoste, France. She received an MA in printmaking in 1990 and an MFA in printmaking and drawing in 1992, both from the University of Iowa.
Afterwards, she continued her study of lithography at the Tamarind Lithography Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Versed in intaglio, lithography, and relief printmaking, Dobrian now focuses on unique, uneditioned works which combine printmaking vocabulary and technique with collage and hand work. She has exhibited nationally and internationally in over one hundred group and solo exhibitions. She lives in Iowa City with her husband and daughter.