Craigie Aitchison was born in Edinburgh in 1926. Aitchison studied at the Slade School of Art where he received a British Council Scholarship.
Craigie Aitchison's first one man show was held in Beaux Arts, London, in 1959 and he had since exhibited at numerous galleries worldwide including; Marlborough Fine Art, Compass Gallery and Kettle's Yard. A major retrospective of Aitchison's work was held at the Serpentine Gallery in 1981.
Craigie Aitchison was elected to the Royal Academy in 1988 and was awarded a CBE in 1999.