“Part of my purpose is to honor my ancestors and create art for those who couldn’t. My work is a celebration of the human body and spirit through everything it endures. Breaking away from conventional canvas and concepts, I create stories of survival and beauty on human skin and through fine art. I wish to inspire others to be unapologetically themselves.” Alicia Cobb is a professional visual artist, fine body painter, and arts educator born and raised in Stamford, CT. Her biggest inspirations are transformation, the human body, emotion, nature, her ancestors, and her children. Her works can be found on many surfaces; such as canvas, walls, clothing, and people. Specializing in body art, Alicia can turn a human body into a painted work of art in just a few hours. Her body art has been featured in several published magazines and newspapers (S.L.A.M.M, 2013 & Skin Markz, 2015). She was also among the highlighted artists in New York City Body Painting Day (2014, 2015) and The Flesh Art Show (New Orleans, 2015). Alicia placed top ten in the 2016 North American Body Paint Championships in Greensboro, NC which is the only sanctioned body art competition in the U.S. She was a 2017 “Bridgeport Girls Rock” honoree and she won the award for best artistic concept from the BNT Shark Tank “Do West” competition in September 2017. She has been a participating artist in public art exhibits throughout Fairfield County since 2015. Alicia currently resides and works in Bridgeport, CT. She has a studio space where she works on commissions and hosts virtual social paint events as well as virtual private lessons. She enjoys giving back and participates in community events and organizations frequently. She acts as a mentor to many young aspiring artists and is currently an art educator in extracurricular and summer enrichment programs throughout Connecticut and the world.