Nakeya Brown was born in Santa Maria, California in 1988. She received her Bachelor of Art from Rutgers University and her Master of Fine Arts from The George Washington University. Her work has been featured nationally in solo exhibitions at the Catherine Eldman Gallery (Chicago, IL, 2017), the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art (Grand Rapids, MI, 2017), and the Hamiltonian Gallery (Washington, DC, 2017); and in recent group exhibitions at ICP (New York, NY, 2022) Silver Eye Center for Photography (Pittsburgh, PA 2021), and The Katonah Museum of Art (Katonah, NY, 2021), among several others. She has presented her work internationally at Foto Wein (Vienna, Austria, 2022) and Museum der bildenden Künste (Leipzig, Germany, 2018).
Brown’s work has been featured in The Hair Tales (Hulu) Insecure (HBO), Time, New York Magazine, Dazed & Confused, The Fader, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and Vice. Her work has been included in photography books Babe, Girl on Girl: Art & Photography in the Age of the Female Gaze, and MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora.