Alice Baber was born in 1928 and raised in Illinois, though her family would take her to Florida most winters. She struggled with her health throughout her childhood. She knew early on that she wanted to be an artist. By age eight, Baber was formally studying drawing. By age twelve, she was enrolled in a college level art course. Alice Baber studied at Lindenwood College for two years, transferring to Indiana University to complete her education. She often utilized circles and ovals, pairing these shapes with vibrant color palettes as a recurring theme in her work.Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, Baber lived and traveled across Europe. She studied briefly at Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Fontainebleau, France, settling in Paris for several years starting in 1958.Alice Baber married fellow abstract painter Paul Jenkins in 1964. Her works can be found in the Guggenheim, Whitney, Metropolitan, MoMA, Corcoran, and National Museum of Women in the Arts.