A Chicago native, Murphy was born in 1962. As a child, his family moved to Atlanta, GA, paving the way for his future artistic pursuits. Murphy attended the University of Georgia and has exhibited extensively. A solo endeavor, Artists on the Edge: Sculptures and Drawing, was on display at the HIGH Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA 1999. Murphy also exhibited in 1997 at the Haines Gallery in San Francisco, CA; Vaknin & Schwartz Gallery, Atlanta, GA; Robert Kidd Gallery, Birmingham, MI; the Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA and Albany Museum of Art, Albany, NY.