Born and raised in Austin, Candace Briceņo has nurtured a lifelong interest in art stemming in part, perhaps, from her childhood, when visual communication helped break the communication barrier in a bilingual family. Briceņo first approached her art career through the avenue of art education. She attended Southwest Texas State University, as her father had done before her, and spent one year in the art department. There she met her first painting professor, whom she would later credit as a lifelong mentor. Briceņo then transferred to the University of Texas, Austin, to continue her studies in both art and education. In 1994 she received her B.F.A. in visual arts, along with teaching certification. This became her dual path for a time: after graduation she spent more than four years teaching art to students at elementary and art schools in Austin, all the while maintaining her own painting pursuits on the side. That situation changed in the fall of 1999 when she was awarded a scholarship to attend the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the postbaccalaureate program in painting. She received that certification in the spring of 2000 and, at this writing, has returned to the School of the Art Institute as a graduate student in the M.F.A. painting program.