My art delves into the Chicanx experience and aesthetic. In my life, I have grappled with the awareness of being perceived as "other." This awareness stems from early experiences of scrutiny, from the watchful gaze in high-end department stores to the discerning eyes in the halls of the private college I attended that first year. This feeling has lingered, a constant as I travers different spaces—schools, workplaces, and the streets. It is a pervasive thread woven into the fabric of my artistic expression, sometimes boldly evident, other times subtly beneath the surface, taking a variety of forms, mixing into the layers of paint. Each stroke of paint encapsulates the longing to be seen, a profound yearning transcending the boundaries of society, placing me at the margins. My art becomes a powerful medium to convey the complexity of identity, the struggle for visibility, and the resilience required to thrive as an individual marked by the label of "other”.
Alicia Rolon is a Chicana painter born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She holds a Masters in Drawing and Painting from California State University, Fullerton, a Single Subject Art Education Certificate from California State University, Long Beach, a Bachelor’s of Art from Cal Poly Pomona and an Associates of Arts from Mount San Antonio College. Alicia currently works as an art teacher at Cerritos College and La Mirada High School.