Claudia DeMonte was born and raised in Astoria, New York City. She has had more than 60 one person and 300 group exhibitions, including shows at the Corcoran Museum, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Flint Institute of Art and Museum of the Southwest.

Her work is in numerous museum permanent collections, including the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Stamford Museum, Boca Raton Museum, and in major corporate collections such as those of Hyatt Regency Hotels, Exxon, Citibank and Siemens. Her public commissions have come from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Brooklyn Library System, Queens Supreme Court, Prudential, the State of New Mexico and New York City School Construction Authority.

DeMonte's work is heavily influenced by her travels to over 80 countries, her interest in the roles of women in contemporary society and in her personal collection of Outsider Art, which she has compiled with her husband, artist Ed McGowin.

She has lectured and exhibited in 35 countries and has been a juror for the Prix de Rome and Fulbright Fellowships.

For 33 years, DeMonte served on the faculty of the University of Maryland, where she was named Distinguished Scholar Teacher and Professor Emerita. DeMonte also ran the Art Workshop program at the New School for Social Research from 1980-1990. In 2006 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the College of Santa Fe. In 2009 a retrospective of DeMonte’s work went on a ten venue national tour. Pomegranate published an accompanying monograph, with essays by Eleanor Heartney, contributing editor to Art in America, and by MOMA President Emerita Agnes Gund.

When not traveling, DeMonte splits her time between New York City and Kent, Connecticut.