Nelly Panto was born and raised in Kishniev, Moldova. She graduated from the Art Academy in Kishniev. In 1990 she moved to Israel.
She has worked as a book illustrator and designer, illustrating the works of Russian classical authors such as Dostoevsky and Chekhov.
The paintings of Nelly Panto are a modern view of contemporary art using new achievements of art's technology. The paintings of her latest period give special attention to a combination of atmospheres in city night life: flickering light, deep shadows, the contrast and density of colors, distinctive forms and the expression of the delicate psychology of the painting's subjects.