Elizabeth Neel was born in Stowe, Vermont, in 1975. She received a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University, Providence, in 1997; a Diploma Certificate from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in 2002; and a Master of Fine Arts from Columbia University, New York, in 2007.
Neel works primarily in painting and sculpture, drawing on specific sources of inspiration such as architecture, nature, anatomy, and the Internet to create new forms and visual insights through observation. Using flowing, gestural marks and earthy tones, she create layers of abstract and figurative images that invoke central themes of life, birth, death, and decay.
Neel has had solo and group exhibitions at galleries and museums around the world, including the SculptureCenter, Long Island City; Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase; and Saatchi Gallery, London, and was included in Prague Biennial 5 in 2011.