Alicia Viteri was born in Pasto in 1946. Grieving the loss of her parents when she was yet a child, she sought distraction in escapades across the landscapes of Narino and in activities typical of children of her time, such as climbing trees and mountains. This stage of her childhood was central to the value and appreciation she would develop for nature, later to be captured in her art. After attending high school in Nariño, Viteri moved to Bogotá to pursue a higher education in art. In 1968, she held her first collective exhibition at the Centro Colombo Americano, and two years later, in 1970, she graduated from the School of Fine Arts at Universidad de Los Andes.