Ashley Bickerton was born in the West Indies in 1959. He studied at the California Institute of the Arts, graduating in 1982, and continued his education in the Whitney Museum Independent Studies Program in New York, where he continued to live and work until 1993. Since then, Bickerton has taken up full-time residence on the island of Bali where he continues to work.
Bickerton has exhibited worldwide, and his works are included in many museum and public art collections. Solo exhibitions include 'Recent Wurg', White Cube (2009), Singapore Tyler Print Institute (2006). He has participated in many major group exhibitions including Oceanomania: Souvenirs of Mysterious Seas at the Nouveau Musée de Monaco, Monaco, France (2011), Pop Life: Art in a Material World, Tate Modern, London (2009), 'The Incomplete', Chelsea Art Museum, 'Fractured Figure: Works from the Dakis Joannou Collection', Deste Foundation in Athens, Greece (2007) and the East Village USA retrospective, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (2004). Bickerton was a seminal figure in the East Village scene in New York and one of the original members of the group of artists that came to be known as “Neo-Geo.” He remains an influential figure with younger generations.