Alicia Brown born in St. Ann, Jamaica, is a contemporary realist artist based in Florida.
Primarily a figurative painter, Brown’s practice examines the concept of mimicry found in nature and applies it to the human world, elaborating on the historical tensions of colonization, appropriation, class and self-agency. Referencing the history of portraiture her work incorporates both traditional and contemporary paint languages addressing the notions of adaptation, visibility, and hybridity as they relate to formation of identity.
Alicia received a BFA in Painting, and a diploma in Art Education from Edna Manley College of the Visual Performing Arts and an MFA in Painting from the New York Academy of Art in 2014. She has been a recipient of the Dawn Scott Memorial award from the Jamaica Biennial 2017, two Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grants 2019 and 2021, the Joan Brady Foundation Grant 2013 and LCU Foundation Grants 2012 and 2014. Alicia has attended residencies at the Leipzig International Art Program in Germany and the Cuttyhunk Island Artists’ residency in Massachusetts. Exhibitions have included the 2017 Jamaica Biennial, Prizm Art Fair Miami, Jamaica Spiritual 2017 London, Painting the Figure Now 2019 Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art. She has had a solo show at Studio 174 in Kingston, Jamaica 2016 and Virago Gallery, Seattle Washington 2019 and UUU Art Collective Gallery 2022. Her work has been featured in Beautiful Bizarre magazine, American Art Collector, Colossal magazine, Painting the Figure Now 2019 magazine, SHOUT MIAMI magazine, ARTIT voice of Artists Magazine, Caribbean Quarterly Journal and other publications. Her work is in notable collections such as the Bennet Collection of Women Realists and other private collections.