Julia Jo

b. 1991

Biography

Born 1991 in Seoul, South Korea
Based in Brooklyn, NY

EDUCATION
2019  M.F.A., Parsons School of Design, New York, NY
2016  B.A., Smith College, Northampton, MA

Julia Jo (b. 1991, Seoul) lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Jo draws upon social and familial settings of intense, often miscommunicated, emotions. Her works invite the viewer into intimate spaces of fracture and convergence requiring prolonged visual struggle and investigation. She relies on abstraction and vivid colors to extend into a fantastical setting where the structures and the figures are difficult to discern, using sharp and fluid mark-making assembled through complex layers, conveying unresolved images rooted in internal conflict. Once in, the viewer is sometimes pushed away, but Jo provides moments of clarity. Ruptures appear – a screaming face, a fist holding a knife, or a leg jutting into a corner. The paintings hold a deceptive splendor, masking the violence and frustration that link the figures together into an organized yet chaotic negotiation. In 2021 Julia Jo participated in a two-person exhibition at Dinner Gallery in New York, and has upcoming solo exhibitions with Ronchini, London and Charles Moffett, New York in 2022.

Exhibitions

2022 Charles Moffett (Solo), New York, NY

2022 The 58th Grand Fine Arts Exhibition of Mokwoohoe, Seoul, South Korea

2022 Ronchini, London (Solo)

2021  Dinner Gallery, If These Walls Could Talk, 2-person show, New York, NY Viridian Arts 2021 Juried Exhibition,

2021 30 Under 30, New York, NY

2021 Maison Ozmen Paris, group show, online

2020 In Defense of Painting, Pen and Brush Gallery,  3-person show, New York, NY

2019 Public Privacy, Skybridge Gallery, Group show, New York, NY

NonFinito Gallery, Untitled Solo show, New York, NY

NonFinito Gallery, MediumRare 2-person Show, New York, NY

Athens Art Gallery, Group Show, Untitled Group Show, Indiana

Brownsville Museum of Fine Art, 47th Annual International Exhibition, TX

10th Annual “Abstracts” Art Exhibition, Light Space & Time Gallery, Group Show

All Women Art Exhibition, Light Space & Time Gallery, Online

Westbeth Gallery, Parsons MFA Fine Art Thesis Show, New York, NY

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