Myfanwy MacLeod received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Concordia University (Montreal) in 1990 and an M.F.A. from the University of British Columbia in 1995. She has held teaching appointments at the University of British Columbia, Emily Carr University and the University of Western Ontario. MacLeod has exhibited her work throughout Canada, Australia, the United States and Europe. Her work is held in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada, the Vancouver Art Gallery, and in private Canadian collections. She is represented by Catriona Jeffries Gallery, Vancouver.
MacLeod uses humor, satire, allusions to pop culture, and often references various folklore traditions in her work. She takes interest in how an image or object can be transformed to change its meaning. Since the 1990s, MacLeod has become known for creating art that extends across, and links together, high culture with mass entertainment. In recent work, MacLeod directs focus towards how popular culture has portrayed masculinity through the lens of modernist art history. Artistic mediums that MacLeod works in are sculpture, drawing, painting, and photography, performance video, and sound installation.