Deborah Barlow grew up in the western United States but has lived most of her life in New York City and Boston. She studied art at the University of Utah, Université de Grenoble (France), and at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Since her first solo show in New York City at the age of 25, she has exhibited her work in galleries across the US as well as in Italy, Belgium, Ireland and the UK. Recent solo exhibitions include Morris Graves Museum (CA), University Center at UCSC (CA), Morpeth Contemporary (NJ), Woodbury Museum (UT) and Brooklyn Workshop Gallery (NY).
She lives in Brookline Massachusetts and works out of her studio in South Boston.