Lissa Borkowski was born in England of Anglo/Polish parents. She studied at Camberwell Art School, London, gaining her Diploma in 1970. She was awarded the PRIX DE ROME in graphics enabling her to study in Rome for a two further years. In 1971 she won the Feodora Gleichen Award from the British Society of Sculptors for outstanding work by a woman scupltor. In 1973 she exhibited at the ENT PREMI INTERNATIONAL for Prix de Rome Scolars held at the Palazzo Barberini. She first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1974. She was shortlisted in 1989 with five other sculptors by the Fountain Society to prepare and design a maquette for the Queen's Fountain to be placed in Parliament Square. She was the runner up in the competition.
In 1992 she was elected Associate Member of the Royal Society of British Sculptors, becoming a full member the following year. She subsequently let her membership lapse when spending more and more time in Rome. She has exhibited at The Bourne Gallery, Jonathan Cooper Fine Art and London Contemporary. Also at The Olympia Fine Art Fair, The BADA Fair, Berkeley Square Fair and Art 20/21.
A defining feature of her work is her innate ability to understand the musculature of an an animal and to express this, it's grace and strength with maximum economy. This skill was recognised at the Society of Equestrian Artists Competition where she won the British Sporting Art Prize