Self-taught artist and designer Nathalie Du Pasquier was born in Bordeaux, France, in 1957. Between 1975 and 1977, she traveled extensively—in particular in Africa—and her experiences during that time informed her later work.
Between 1981 and 1986, Du Pasquier worked as a designer. She was a founding member of Memphis, the influential post-modernist design and architecture collective created under the leadership of Ettore Sottsass. During this period, she designed vibrant and graphic surface patterns for numerous textiles, carpets, and plastic laminates, as well as objects and furniture.
Since 1987, Du Pasquier has dedicated herself to painting, though she occasionally still does design work.