Alicia van Thiel is an American painter and sculptor. Her subjects include portraits, landscapes, still life, and figurative works from life inspired by her travels with her husband and daughter.
She earned a M.S.Ed. from The City College of New York,
a B.A. in Art History from Hunter College, and an A.A.S. in Apparel Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology. In her prior career, Alicia was a textile designer and taught at the Parsons School of Design in New York City. Awarded a teaching fellowship, she continued her teaching, specializing in child development and Arts education research, in New York City and Beijing.
Alicia studied academic figurative drawing and painting at the
Art Students League of New York, the Water Street Atelier in Brooklyn, and copied Master works at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Continuing her figurative study in sculpture, she attended the Florence Academy of Art, intensive portrait sculpture workshops in Italy.