Alycia Bren was born in San Diego, California. Her father was in the Navy, which was why as a child her family moved numerous times. Growing up, she had come to believe that she was half Japanese because her mother was born and raised in Japan. It was not until later in life that she found she was actually half Korean. This questioning of "what she was" became a constant idea throughout her life and has influenced her curiosity for different cultural designs. At the University of North Florida she was introduced to sculpture and was quickly enamored with it. She volunteered to be the Lab Technician and was elected Vice President of the Sculpture Guild. She has participated in numerous metal pours at the University of North Florida and has attended the National Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art and Practices several times. In 2013, she was apart of the student built cupola contest at the conference and their crew won the hottest metal award. In 2014, she was commissioned to build a bike rack for the university where it has become a permanent sculpture on the campus. Bren received her Associates of Arts in 2011 from the University of Florida and in 2015, she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in Sculpture from the University of North Florida. She is currently working toward a technical certificate in Graphic Design from the Florida State College at Jacksonville.