Chris Barber was born in Luton and is of Asian and White ethnicity. After completing a BA Hons Philosophy degree at the U.E.A, Chris studied art direction for film at Pinewood Studios tutored by Terry Ackland-Snow, the Art Director of Aliens (1986), Batman (1989) and Labyrinth (1986).

Between 2007 and 2012 Chris worked as a Virtual Reality Engineer, Graphic Designer and Animator for Red Dot Square Solutions. This included a two year secondment with Coca-Cola in their purpose built London CLIC facility, in the role of Lead Designer, Virtual Reality Engineer and Account Manager, utilising virtual reality with eye tracking for retail market research, working on various campaigns including the 2010 World Cup and 2012 Olympics.

Chris is a member of Arts Emergency which creates opportunities and work placements in the creative industries for young students from disadvantaged and working class backgrounds. Chris is also a member of B3, a network that makes connections between Britain's multi-cultural communities and the creative industries by discovering, supporting and showcasing Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic talent.