Beyond the Bio: Alicia Link

Beyond the Bio is a series that takes you past the canvas and into the minds of the artists and curators who build the contemporary arts community.

Name: Alicia Link

Primary Medium: Painting

What motivates your work?

Mostly my lived experiences. I’ve always liked to tell stories. My work allows for invention and exaggeration that is palpable and sometimes absurd.

Why painting?

Painting is a language that can be communicated through materials beyond paint. Although I was trained in a fairly traditional way as an oil painter, I have since expanded that knowledge into installations and object making. My studio practice has now turned into an “any means necessary approach” to communicate a narrative or desired affect. Sometimes this means I need to use a plastic egg as an eye ball or glitzy fabric as a stand in for water.

How long have you been an artist and how has your practice changed over time?

I’ve always enjoyed using and testing my fine-motor-skills from a very young age. I did this mostly by cutting my bangs too short or painting the nails of my friend’s pug. My current practice avoids using living things as a “canvas.”

What are you working on right now?

I’m working on an immersive installation for East loosely based off the automatic carwash.

What does the Austin arts community need most as the city continues to grow?

Accessible and affordable studio space for artists.


Alicia Link is a visual artist living and working in Austin, Texas. She is currently an adjunct lecturer at the University of Texas at Austin. Born and raised in a suburb of Philadelphia in South Jersey, Link moved to Boston in 2008 where she earned a BFA in painting from Boston University. Recently, she earned an MFA in Studio Art from the University of Texas at Austin. In 2016, she was awarded a fellowship that allowed her to complete a residency at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont. Link has predominantly exhibited her work in Boston and Austin, but recently participated in an group show in Brooklyn, New York called ATM Cigarettes Flowers Lottery / God Bless Deli 2 at both Wayfarers and Space Heater Gallery. Her paintings and installations feature characters and narratives that invite empathy while serving as proxies for anxiety and personal desire.

Keep up with Alicia on her website and Instagram.

Beyond the Bio is curated by Art Alliance Austin. If you’re interested in being featured email Ashlee at apryor@artallianceaustin.org.