Photo: Thiego Montiel
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.
Julia da Mota
Born in São Paulo (Brazil), 1988
Lives and works in São Paulo
MFA in Visual Poetics, University of São Paulo (ECA-USP)
B.Arch in Architecture and Urbanism, University of São Paulo (FAU-USP)
International exchange programe - Bachelor in Architecture and Urbanism, École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris La Villette (ENSAPV)
Cité internationale des Arts. Paris, France.
Pivô Research Residency. Pivô, São Paulo, Brazil.
Lava!. foNTE Residency, São Paulo, Brazil.
ELP Project Keyholder Residency. East London Printmakers, London, UK.
Billingbear Farm Residency, LAMB Projects. Berkshire, UK.
Ateliê Piratininga. São Paulo, Brazil.
solo and duo exhibitions
Limiar [Threshold]. Julia da Mota. Text by Gisela Gueiros. FASAM, São Paulo, SP, Brazil.
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.
Imagens Urbanas [Urban Images]. Blumenau Museum of Art, SC, Brazil.
Paisagens Imaginárias [Imaginary Landscapes]. University of São Paulo School of Architecture and Urbanism, São Paulo, Brazil.
Um mistério menor [A Minor Mistery]. Curated by Lucas Alberto. Org. Gisela Projects. Casa Ondina, São Paulo, Brazil
Engradados [Gridded]. Curated by Gisela Gueiros. Taller Zaragoza, São Paulo, Brazil
Passagem [Passage]. Galpão Cru. São Paulo, Brazil.
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.
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
8th edition of the Wall Auction. Pivô, São Paulo, SP, Brazil.
25th Fine Arts Juried Show. Museum of Praia Grande, Brazil.
15th MARP Exhibition Program. Ribeirão Preto Museum of Art (MARP), Brazil.
16th Visual Arts Juried Show. Museum of Jataí, GO, Brazil.
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.
1st Visual Arts Juried Show. Museum of Vinhedo, Brazil.
9th Fine Arts Juried Show. Museum of Ponta Grossa, Brazil.
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.
Branco de Melo Award 2022, Pará Cultural Foundation. Belém, PA, Brazil.
Cadisch Prize for Interaction (2019), Festival of Print, Annual Exhibition of East London Printmakers CIC. The Art Pavilion, Mile End, London, UK.
Honorable Mention for the series Monotipias. 24th Visualidade Nascente Program, Centro Universitário Maria Antônia, São Paulo, Brazil.
Acquisition prize for the print Instante. 32nd Rio Claro Fine Arts Juried Show, Brazil.
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]".
FUPAM Scientific Initiation Scholarship. Research Advisor: Professor Luciano Migliaccio, PhD.
works in public collections
Association Mouvement d’Art Contemporain, Chamalières, France.
Associação Bienal do Douro, Alijó, Portugal.
Pinacoteca Municipal de Rio Claro, São Paulo, Brazil.
Fundação Municipal de Cultura de Ponta Grossa, Paraná, Brazil.
Pará Cultural Foundation, Belém do Pará, Brazil.