Bill Murphy was born in 1952 in Staten Island, where he also currently lives. He studied at the School of Visual Arts, the Art Students League, Pratt Graphic Center and Vermont College. He currently teaches at Wagner College and the Snug Harbor Cultural Center.
He is a member of the Audubon Artists, the Print Club of Albany and the Society of American Graphic Artists (SAGA). Murphy has had several one-person exhibitions and has exhibited nationally.