Alicia T. van Thiel is an American painter and sculptor. Her drawings, paintings and sculptures capture everyday moments, portraits, and travels with classical skill working exclusively from life.
Alicia earned a Master of Science in Education from The City College of New York, a Bachelor of Arts in art history from Hunter College, and an Associate of Applied Science in apparel design from The Fashion Institute of Technology. She studied academic figure drawing and painting at The Art Students League of New York, The Water Street Atelier and Masterworks participating in the Copyist Program at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She furthered her academic art studies in portrait sculpture at the Florence Academy of Art in Florence, Italy.
Her prior career as an apparel/textile designer led her to an interest in education while teaching industry professionals at the Parsons School of Design. Awarded a teaching fellowship, Alicia has taught for twenty years, including teaching as a certified primary teacher, integrating the arts into primary curriculum, and as a certified visual arts specialist in New York City, Beijing and Hong Kong. She currently works between her studio in Hong Kong and with foundries in Europe and in the U.S. to develop her sculpture. Alicia exhibits internationally.