Jill Slaymaker was born in Youngstown, Ohio in 1955, and grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana.  She received a MFA in Painting from Texas A & M in 1981, and moved to New York City in 1982. She lives and works in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan. 

Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including at the Tate Modern, London; Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the Dabawenyo Museum in the Philippines. Twelve one-person exhibitions include The Davis Museum of Contemporary Art, Barcelona, The Nabi Museum of the Arts and Drawing Rooms, New Jersey, and the Port Authority windows, Manhattan.  She received a grant award from the Hell's Kitchen Foundation, NYC.
Jill's artworks are in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, NY, Whitney Museum of American Art, NY and Caroline Kennedy’s ambassador residence in Tokyo, Japan, among others.
She is married to the composer Ned Paul Ginsburg, and they have a son, Alexei.