Roger Brown was a member of the Chicago Imagist group, "False Image" and is known for his distinctive painting style and visual vocabulary that includes silhouetted figures and objects, nocturnal cityscapes, and theatre facades and interiors.
Brown was a collector as much as he was an artist. The sculptural elements in Virtual Still Life #8: Vases with a View elude to Brown’s massive collection of objects in his studio. In the 1990s, Brown began to react to virtual reality technology by creating three-dimensional work that gave the viewer the real experience.
Raised in rural Alabama, Brown had an appreciation for folk art which was often reflected in his bold paintings and sculptures. He moved to Chicago in 1962 and studied at the American Academy of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago.