Born and raised in the heart of New York City, Hell’s Kitchen, Kia LaBeija uses fine art processes to explore her personal narrative and the relationship between her work space, trauma, and the female body. She has studied at prestigious institutions such as The Juilliard School and The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. She is a graduate of the New School University, where she holds a Degree in The Arts.
Her current work is composed of cinematic and vibrant autobiographical self-portraits. She speaks frequently in public on the subject of HIV/AIDS and is an advocate for underrepresented communities living HIV positive including long term survivors, women, minorities and children born with the virus. 24, her critically acclaimed series, is a sociopolitical commentary on the effects of growing up with HIV. Pieces of 24 have been featured in Art, AIDS, America, a controversial touring exhibition investigating 30 years of art made in response to the AIDS epidemic and AIDS at Home at The Museum of the City of New York.