Dymph de Wild was born in the Netherlands and immigrated to the U.S. in 2006. She received her BFA from the Corcoran College of Art + Design and earned her MFA from James Madison University. Growing up, de Wild would build tree houses in the forest near her home and would construct homemade circus tents to perform backyard hocus pocus tricks for her neighbors. This sense of play, still visible in her art practice today, is somewhat Dada-inspired. De Wild has been working and exhibiting in the U.S., Europe, and Africa as a conceptual visual artist. She teaches studio art at James Madison University in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.