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Julia Justo
New York, NY
Neighborhood: Clinton Hill

Media:Mixed Media;
Genre:Collage;


ARTIST STATEMENT: My work reflects on the social and political powers that affect me, an immigrant and a Latin woman, and my community. The organic and geometric shapes emphasize the heterogeneity of my New York neighborhood, with all of its classes, genders and races. My work comes from a sense of belonging to a community. Still, I am also inspired by individuality, differences and innovation. I find inspiration in my daily life, particularly my experiences and thoughts about the treatment of minorities and immigrants. The protagonists of my work are law enforcement officers and immigrants, two models that our society sees as opposites. These models metamorphose, there is a symbolic transformation, they are connected and fluid. It's a rethinking, a mutation of two protagonists separated by class, race and social status. My models are not silent. They are committed to a social service. They highlight organizations dedicated to helping immigrants. For that purpose I used the expanded media of photography to bring the viewers' attention to the immigrant voice, which in this case takes the form of an advertisement. My work is black and white with a small area of color. This is a strategy often used in advertising to draw attention to a focal point, which here is a speech of solidarity and commitment.
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ARTIST RESUME:


Julia Justo was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She lives in New York.
She combines digital technology, painting and collage to create mixed media works.
She often work from vintage pictures that she manipulates with modern technology. These old images give her work a sense of history, she uses them to illustrate the flow of time and to throw light on current social conflicts.
She had said that present social struggles remain from what came before and the role of the artist is to give society the tools to resist discrimination and to protest all other injustices.
Julia received an M.F.A from The National University of Argentina. She also studied watercolor and restoration in Rome, Italy.
She has exhibited in Buenos Aires, Rome and New York.

EDUCATION
1992- Accademia Internazionale per l'Unita della Cultura. Rome

1990- Scuola Internazionale dell'Acquarello.Rome
1987- MFA. National University. Argentina

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
2017 BWAC
2017 Jamaica Center for the Arts and Learning 2017 Bronx Art Space
2017 Queens Council on the Arts
2015 New York Public Library
2010 Bronx Latin American Art Biennial.NY
2009 United Nations Gallery.NY
2008 Casa de la Cultura Dominicana.
2007 Hispanic Heritage exhibit "Taking Notes”.NY 2006 Casa de la Cultura Dominicana.NY
2005 United Nations Gallery.NY
2005 Feria del Libro Dominicano.NY
2004 New York Public Library.
2003 Angel Orensanz Foundation.NY
2002 Theater for the New City.NY
2000 Art on Main Street Gallery. Westchester.
1995 Museo Fra Angelico. Argentina
1999 The International Center in NY.
1993 Museo de Bellas Artes. Argentina
1991 Palais de Glace. Argentina
1991 Palazzo delle Esposizioni. Rome
1991 Margutta Gallery. Rome
1990 Palazzo Valentini. Rome
1990 Art Fair "Teverexpo".Rome
1989 Forum Gallery. Rome.

AWARDS

2017. Certificate of Recognition. Selected by Laura Phipps, Curator The Whitney Museum of American Art.

1995. Prize Luigi Prete Foundation. Rome.

1995. Prize Provincial Museum of Art. Buenos Aires. Argentina.

1994. First Prize "Le Muse". Florence. Italy.

1993. Provincial Tourism Department. Rome. Italy.

1993. Prize Municipality of Affile. Italy.

1992. Certificate of Recognition Burckhart Akademie, exhibition "La Marina del Lazio". Rome. Italy.

1991. Gold medal "Sculpture, Graphic and Design" exhibition. Rome. Italy.

1990. First Prize "Rome During The Renaissance" exhibition. Rome. Italy.

1990. First Prize Palace Barberini. Rome . Italy.

1989. Silver medal Department of Culture. Rome. Italy.
 








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