Having grown up the in the greater Boston area, Paul Brown attended Brandeis University, graduating with a major in fine arts. He did his graduate work at Yale, earning a BFA and an MFA, studying with Al Held, Alex Katz and Neil Welliver. In 1969 he returned to Brandeis as an assistant professor where, for the next 10 years, he painted, exhibited and taught. His teaching experience includes Cooper Union, the School of Visual Arts and Princeton University. He taught as an adjunct at Columbia University where he also served as a member of the admissions committee for the graduate program in studio art. He was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1981, two National Endowment for the Arts awards in 1974 and 1983, and a New York State Foundation for the Arts award in 1991. His work has been exhibited in the Oscarsson Hood Gallery, the Jason McCoy Gallery and, most recently, with the Nicole Klagsburun Gallery, all in New York City. His group shows include the Corcoran Biennial in Washington, DC; and the “Best of the Season” exhibition at the Aldrich Museum in Connecticut. He has been teaching at John Jay since 1988.