Rebecca Crecelius was born in 1981 in Panama City Beach, FL. Her upbringing provided an array of experiences through constant moving and varied familial and cultural views. Her artistic influences and education were equally diverse. Prior to formal art education, she digested lessons from family, friends, books, museums, and informal courses.
In spring 1999, she studied figure drawing and painting at The Art Students' League of New York. The following fall, she continued her education at Rutgers University: Mason Gross School of the Arts. In 2002, she completed her BFA with a focus in film and video.
After graduation, she further developed her technical skills in painting at The Art School at Laguna Gloria and private instruction. In addition, she explored a variety of other media including writing and music. In 2008, she started the MFA program at The Academy of Art University in fashion design. In 2009, she transferred to the figurative painting program. She pursued her studies while living in Austin, TX and New York City, NY.
Influenced by the guidance of Raphael Montanez Ortiz her paintings continue to explore the conceptual within the framework of traditional, representational, painting. For example, the Food Fights series uses metaphor as an inspiration for exploring the concept of food as psychological weaponry. The result is imagery that is been described as compelling, disturbing, and humorous.