Stephanie Alaniz was born and raised in South Texas. Stephanie has been addicted to creating since she was able to hold a pencil as a small child. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2016 from Texas A&M Corpus Christi with an emphasis in Printmaking. She is currently pursuing her Master of Fine Arts from West Virginia University with an expected graduation in 2019. Stephanie’s current work explores insecurities with a mission of normalizing physically stigmatized features of our body. She has exhibited in numerous national and international exhibitions. She has also been included in a number of portfolio exchanges over the last six years. She has attended Frogman's Printmaking Workshop for the last four years, three of which she assisted faculty.
In a world plagued by beauty expectations, fatphobia, and self deterioration, Stephanie Alaniz began to notice a constant pattern in her own life and others that surround her. Insecurities are apart of the human experience and it is easy to feel isolated in these feelings. She intends to recontextualize the negativity that surrounds ideas such as "ugly" and "fat" and return their use to their original definitions to be used as facts rather than negatives. The work explores insecurities with a mission of normalizing physically stigmatized features of our body. Through presenting herself in a vulnerable way, she will be able to create empathy, understanding, and solidarity.