Julia da Mota (1988) is a Brazilian visual artist living and working between São Paulo and London. She holds a MFa degree from the University of São Paulo (2016) and a Bachelor degree in Architecture and Urbanism from the University of São Paulo and the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Paris La Villete (2012). Among her main exhibitions are the individual “Imagens Urbanas” (2014, Blumenau Museum of Art, Brazil); and the group exhibitions “Mil e Uma” (2019, Casa Lâminas, São Paulo, Brazil); “Festival of Print” (2019, The Art Pavilion, London, UK); “Ribeirão Preto Museum of Art (MARP) 15th Exhibition Program” (2017, Ribeirão Preto, Brazil); “La.cu.na / Julia da Mota, Jemma Appleby and Ricardo Carioba” (2016, LAMB Arts, London, UK); “Pós-Poeticas” (2016, Espaço das Artes, São Paulo, Brazil); “24th Visualidade Nascente Program” (2016, Centro Universitário Maria Antônia, São Paulo, Brazil); and the “Douro 7th International Biennial of Engraving” (2014, Alijó, Portugal). In 2020, Julia will be part of Pivô Pesquisa’s Artist Residency program (São Paulo, Brazil). In 2019 she was a Project Keyholder Resident at East London Printmakers, London (UK), and in 2018 she was part of LAMB Project’s Artist Residency in Billingbear Farm, Berkshire (UK).

Julia's work represents man-made spaces and the boundaries present in such spaces. She seeks basic units of architectural effect, relating spatial materialisation as a representation of the social relations within the city itself —the boundaries between public and private, external or internal; between built and empty spaces; between the acts of passage and permanence.

In her current practice, repetition is used as a creative process with the intention of creating visual narratives involving the subjects of space, urban landscape, and architecture. Her works originate from records of architectural situations found in the city, as well as in the intimate environments that oppose it. She has been developing series of paintings on canvas, watercolors on paper and monotypes made in etching presses. In these works, she tries to translate and define these architectural spaces through their atmosphere, seeking ways to understand and interpret basic elements that are constituent of each landscape. These particular visions of urban space, fictional or real, that stand between abstract and figurative, are at the core of her body of work.