Cecily Brown was born in London, England in 1969. Brown studied Art and Design at the Epsom School of Art in Surrey. She studied Drawing and Printmaking at Morley College in London, and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Slade School of Art in London in 1993. Brown moved to the United States and had her first solo exhibitions in New York at Deitch Projects in 1997 and 1998. Both were met with critical and commercial success.