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BIO

Julia da Mota is a Brazilian visual artist living and working in São Paulo. Born in São Paulo in 1988, she completed her Master’s Degree in Visual Arts at the University of São Paulo and earned a B.Arch degree from the University of São Paulo/ENSA-Paris La Villette. In the last years, Da Mota has shown her works in exhibitions throughout Brazil and Europe and participated in various artist residency programs.

Da Mota’s practice is based on the fields of painting and printmaking, where she explores the relationships between color, form, and matter to create works that come from a phenomenological approach towards space, as well as from her intimate experiences. Drawing inspiration from Minimalism, Geometric Abstraction and Brutalism in architecture, Da Mota’s body of work addresses the possible links between man-built space, the idea of landscape, and their limits. In her research, she investigates the tensioning of boundaries– between the external and the internal, the constructed and the void; between passage and permanence, between the public and the intimate.

In 2021 Julia was an artist-in-residence at Pivô, one of Brazil’s most prominent non-profit artist residency programs. In 2019 she was a Project Keyholder at East London Printmakers (UK) and an artist-in-residence at Lava! (Residência foNTE, São Paulo). In 2018 she was part of LAMB Projects’ Billingbear Farm Residency in Berkshire (UK). She has widely shown her work in exhibitions in São Paulo (BR), Ribeirão Preto (BR), Belo Horizonte (BR), Blumenau (BR), London (UK), Alijó (PT) and Chamalières (FR), and has works in collections in Brazil, the United Kingdom, USA, Argentina, Australia, Spain, Portugal, and France.




CV

Julia da Mota

Born in São Paulo, Brazil, 1988
Currently lives in São Paulo


education

2016
MFA in Visual Poetics, University of São Paulo (ECA-USP)

2012
B.Arch in Architecture and Urbanism, University of São Paulo (FAU-USP)

2010-2011
International exchange programe - Bachelor in Architecture and Urbanism, École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris La Villette (ENSAPV)


artist's residencies

2021
Pivô Arte Pesquisa. Pivô, São Paulo, Brazil.

2019
Lava!. foNTE Residency, São Paulo, Brazil.
ELP Project Keyholder Residency. East London Printmakers, London, UK.

2018
Billingbear Farm Residency, LAMB Projects. Berkshire, UK.

2015-2016
Ateliê Piratininga. São Paulo, Brazil.


solo and duo exhibitions

2022
[upcoming] Vazios Incompletos [Incomplete Voids]. Julia da Mota and Ana Sant’Anna. Galeria Ruy Meira - Casa das Artes. Branco de Melo Award 2022, Pará Cultural Foundation. Belém, PA, Brazil.

2014
Imagens Urbanas [Urban Images]. Blumenau Museum of Art, SC, Brazil.

2012
Paisagens Imaginárias [Imaginary Landscapes]. University of São Paulo School of Architecture and Urbanism, São Paulo, Brazil.


group exhibitions

2022

Gesto e memória: Recolher o incomensurável do mundo [Gesture and Memory: Collecting the Immeasurable of the World]. Text by Bianca Dias. New Gallery / Arte FASAM Galeria, São Paulo, SP, Brazil.

2021

Polígonos, Pórticos, Matéria e Desejo [Polygons, Portals, Matter and Desire]. Curated by Cadu Gonçalves. Janaína Torres Galeria, São Paulo, SP, Brazil.

Wall Auction, 10th Edition. Pivô, São Paulo, SP, Brazil.

Nuances [Nouances]. Curated by Kura / Camila Yunes. BNP Paribas - São Paulo Headquarters, São Paulo, SP, Brazil.

27th Fine Arts Juried Show, Museum of Praia Grande. Praia Grande, SP, Brazil.

17o Ubatuba Visual Arts Juried Show. Ubatuba, SP, Brazil.

Elogio das Superfícies [Praise to Surfaces]. Curated by Pollyana Quintella.
Arte FASAM Galeria, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil.
Campo Aberto [Open Field]. Galeria Vitrine, Pivô, São Paulo, SP, Brazil.
18th MARP Exhibition Program. Ribeirão Preto Museum of Art (MARP), Brazil.

2020
Geometrias Sensíveis [Sensible Geometries]. Orlando Lemos Galeria, Nova Lima, MG, Brazil.
Mil e Uma [A Thousand and One]. Curated by Celso Fioravante. Galeria Murilo Castro, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil.

2019
Festival of Print, Annual Exhibition of East London Printmakers CIC. The Art Pavilion, Mile End, London, UK.
9th edition of the Wall Auction. Pivô, São Paulo, SP, Brazil.
2nd Wall Auction, IAB-SP. Central Galeria, São Paulo, SP, Brazil
Mil e Uma [A Thousand and One]. Curated by Celso Fioravante. Casa Lâminas, São Paulo, Brazil
SP-Arte open studios: Residência Lava!. Residência Fonte, São Paulo, SP, Brazil
Abraço Coletivo. Ateliê 397, São Paulo, Brazil

2018
8th edition of the Wall Auction. Pivô, São Paulo, SP, Brazil.
25th Fine Arts Juried Show. Museum of Praia Grande, Brazil.

2017
15th MARP Exhibition Program. Ribeirão Preto Museum of Art (MARP), Brazil.
16th Visual Arts Juried Show. Museum of Jataí, GO, Brazil.

2016
La.cu.na / Julia da Mota, Jemma Appleby and Ricardo Carioba. LAMB Arts, London, UK.
Pós-Poéticas [Post-poetics]: University of São Paulo Masters in Fine Arts Group Show. Espaço das Artes, São Paulo, Brazil.
24th Visualidade Nascente Program. Centro Universitário Maria Antônia, São Paulo, Brazil. (*Honorable mention)
14th Contemporary Art Exhibition. Museum of Guarulhos, Brazil.

2015
1st Visual Arts Juried Show. Museum of Vinhedo, Brazil.
9th Fine Arts Juried Show. Museum of Ponta Grossa, Brazil.

2014
22th Visualidade Nascente Program. University of São Paulo Museum of Contemporary Art, São Paulo, Brazil.
7th International Douro Printmaking Biennial. Douro, Portugal.
32th Rio Claro Fine Arts Juried Show. Museum of Rio Claro, Brazil. (*acquisition prize)
9th Chamalières Printmaking Triennial. Chamalières, France.
28th Arceburgo Fine Arts Juried Show. Arceburgo, Brazil.
IV International Visual Arts SINAP/AIAP Juried Show. São Paulo, Brazil.


awards

2022
Branco de Melo Award 2022, Pará Cultural Foundation. Belém, PA, Brazil.

2019
Cadisch Prize for Interaction (2019), Festival of Print, Annual Exhibition of East London Printmakers CIC. The Art Pavilion, Mile End, London, UK.

2016
Honorable Mention for the series Monotipias. 24th Visualidade Nascente Program, Centro Universitário Maria Antônia, São Paulo, Brazil.

2014
Acquisition prize for the print Instante. 32nd Rio Claro Fine Arts Juried Show, Brazil.


research grants

2015-2016
CAPES Scholarship for the Master of Fine Arts Program – Visual Poetics, School of Arts and Communication, University of São Paulo (ECA-USP). Thesis advisor: Professor Luiz Claudio Mubarac, PhD. Thesis title: “Cidade entre olhares [City Between Views]".

2009-2010
FUPAM Scientific Initiation Scholarship. Research advisor: Professor Luciano Migliaccio, PhD.


workshops

2020
Speaker Series, British School of Creative Arts (EBAC), São Paulo, Brazil.

2014

Illustration and Editing workshop with the Yanomami Community in Missão Catrimani, Roraima (Brazilian Amazon Rainforest).


works in public collections

Association Mouvement d’Art Contemporain, Chamalières, France.

Associação Bienal do Douro, Alijó, Portugal.

Pinacoteca Municipal de Rio Claro, Brazil.

Fundação Municipal de Cultura de Ponta Grossa, Brazil.