Azout was born in Bogotá in 1942. During her childhood she traveled around Panama in the company of her father, getting to know the jungle ecosystem, an environment that inspired some of her future works. She also traveled to the Pacific Ocean, where the sea, beaches, and islands stimulated an interest in nature.  As a teenager, she became interested in pre-Columbian cultures and their cosmology. Similarly, visits to archaeological sites allowed her to expand the references for her work.
- Enormes esculturas de Lydia Azout se exponen en Quito, en el Palacio de Cristal de Itchimbía. El Tiempo. https://www.eltiempo.com/archivo/documento/CMS-3447037