N.E. Brown was born in Pittsburgh, PA and grew up in the greater Pittsburgh area. Brown pursued a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and drawing at Tyler School of Art: Temple University, then later pursued a Master of Fine Arts in painting and drawing at the University of Iowa. Currently, Brown’s work uses mixed media including, painting, drawing, pyrography (burning on wood), and woodworking to map the intersections of personal memory, family dynamics, national history, and racial identity. Brown’s work has been shown nationally, including at the Portland Art Museum, The African American Museum of Philadelphia as well as the Carnegie Museum of Art.