Richard Hylton was born in London. Between 1987-1990 he studied BA (Hons) Fine Art at Exeter College of Art and Design. In 2000, he was awarded an MA in History of Art from Goldsmiths College, London, where he is currently a PhD candidate in the department of Visual Cultures.

Since 1990, he has worked in the visual arts sector, primarily as an exhibition organiser, for a number of different public and independent organisations including Oldham Art Gallery, University of Bradford, Autograph (Association of Black Photographers), London Metropolitan University and the London School of Economics. He has devised, organised and facilitated the production of over thirty national and international exhibitions involving a wide range of artists. In 2014, he was one of five curatorial selectors for the international exhibition Where do I end and you begin, staged by Edinburgh Art Festival. Other exhibitions include Landscape Trauma in the Age of Scopophilia 2001, Tampered Surface: Six Artists from Pakistan (with Alnoor Mitha) 1995, Discreet Charm (Yinka Shonibare and Kate Smith) 1996, Imagined Communities, 1996 and Shifting Borders 1992.

Hylton has also edited numerous artists’ exhibition catalogues and published artists’ monographs on Donald Rodney and Janette Parris and co-produced with Virginia Nimarkoh, The Holy Bible: Old Testament by American artist David Hammons. His book, The Nature of the Beast: Cultural Diversity and the Visual Arts Sector, A Study of Policies, Initiatives and Attitudes 1976-2006, was published by University of Bath in 2007. As a writer of art criticism he has published articles for a range of art journals in Britain and the USA.

Since 2013, he has been Cultural Programme Curator at University for the Creative Arts (UCA) based at Farnham and Epsom campuses, where he is responsible for devising, overseeing and supporting internal and external exhibitions and events.