Christopher Brown was born 1951 in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. He received his B.A. at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, in 1972. He then went on to obtain his M.F.A. at the University of California, Davis, in 1976.
The faculty at University of California, Davis, included Thiebaud, Wiley, Roy De Forest, Robert Arneson, Manuel Neri and Roland Peterson. At Davis, Brown began to think seriously about the concept of Pop Art in Great Britain as well as in America. To Brown, this concept meant both the presence-absence of the media image, the tension between its immediacy and yet its distance from us and from the reality to which it refers.