Venise Lashon Keys was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois in 1991. She excelled academically throughout high school, graduated at the age of 16 years-old and immediately enrolled at Bradley University as a freshman. After five years of hard work in the Art Department at Bradley, Keys graduated with a Bachelor’s in Fine Art for painting in 2016 with the legacy of chartering the Kappa Pi International Honorary Art Fraternity, founded in 1911.
Keys went straight to graduate school the following semester and earned a Master’s in Fine Art in painting and Women’s and Gender Studies Certificate from Illinois State University in 2016. Since graduating, she has taught Art Appreciation as an adjunct faculty at Illinois Central College and Bradley University in Peoria, IL.