Alisa Sikelianos-Carter is a mixed-media painter from upstate New York. She has been awarded residencies at The Millay Colony for the Arts, Vermont Studio Center, The Wassaic Project, Yaddo and is a current NXTHVN studio fellow in New Haven, CT. Her recent exhibitions include group shows at The Tang Teaching Museum, Saratoga Springs, NY; Pelham Art Center, Pelham, NY; Esther Massry Gallery, Saint Rose College, Albany, NY and the Bronx Art Space, Bronx, NY. She earned her BA and MA from SUNY Albany in Painting and Drawing.
Sikelianos-Carter asserts that Black features are a manifestation of a sacred and divine technology that have served as a means of survival, both physically and metaphysically. She envisions a cosmically luminous world that celebrates and pays homage to ancestral majesty, power and aesthetics.
Inspired by traditionally Black hairstyles, Sikelianos-Carter uses web and catalogue sourced images to construct new archetypes. With her opulent, large-scale paintings she is creating a mythology that is centered on Black resistance and utilizes the body as a sight of alchemy and divinity.