Lene Schneider was born May 16, 1885, in Vienna, Austria. She studied painting in Vienna and in Munich. From 1926 to 1928, she participated in an expedition to Asia, which brought her and the author Bernhard Kellermann to Iran, Ladakh (Klein-Tibet), India, Thailand, and China. She then moved to Berlin, where she was sustained by the Prussian Academy of Fine Arts and the Villa Masimo in Rome. After a sojourn in Spain in the 1930s, she settled in New York, and in 1954 she moved on to Cochabamba, Bolivia, where she was known under the name Elena Eleska. She died in 1971.
From the guide to the Lene Schneider-Kainer Collection, 1921-1968, (Leo Baeck Institute Archives)