Debra Hampton was born and raised in the suburbs of Los Angeles, California. She began her art education in the studio department of CSLA, later transferring to CSUF to complete a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History focused on European papal portraiture and social/political murals of Latin America. Hampton moved to New York City in 1996 to obtain a Master of Art degree from New York University in Humanities and Social Thought with a certificate in Museum Studies.
Hampton’s works spans across a variety of mediums and explores themes regarding commodity, identity, and appropriation. Though she is best known for her intricate collages portraits made from thousands of magazine cutouts, splattered ink, and stippled shapes, she also creates sculpted headdresses, full-body armor, and talismans.
Hampton’s work can be found in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art (New York), and The Frederick R. Weisman Foundation (Los Angeles), and has been featured in publications such Art Review, The New York Times, FlavorPill, Etapes Graphiques, and The New York Art World. She has been recipient of the Chashama AREA Studio Residency and an A.I.R. Gallery fellowship. She lives and works in New York City.