Iulia Toma

Iulia Toma


b. 1974, Romania
Lives and works in Bucharest

Iulia Gabriela Toma is a mixed-media artist who works with the means of aesthetic expression through textile, as well as with photography, painting, installation and text in each of her works. Recently she has been focusing on social issues that she expresses in her own individual way: feminism, women's rights, interpersonal relations of closed communities, the materiality of urban living, social justice, etc.. Toma builds a personal discourse that is expressively and aesthetically organised in visual and activist orientations, each time trying to place the balance between message and material at an ever increasingly elaborate level. She teaches in the Department of Art & Design, Textile section at the National University of Arts Bucharest, her pedagogical and artistic activity being a harmonious mix. Among her recent exhibitions are "Dura-Europos" (Ivan Gallery, Bucharest), "Worker’s Day" (group show at MAGMA Contemporary Art Space in Sfântu Gheorghe, Romania), "Buongiorno, Varvara Stepanova" (GALLLERIAPIÙ, Bologna, Italy), "Mapping Bucharest: Art, Memory, and Revolution 1916-2016" (group show, part of Vienna Biennale 2015, MAK Vienna), "Twilled Connections" (group show at tranzit.ro, Bucharest).

Iulia Toma, "Untitled", 2018, textile collage on canvas, 112 x 100 cm
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Education

2008–present – PhD, Assistant Lecturer in the Textile Art & Design Department, Faculty of Decorative Arts and Design, The National University of Arts Bucharest
2005–2007 – The National University of Arts Bucharest, Painting Department (MFA)
2000–2004 – The National University of Arts Bucharest, Textile Art & Design Department, Decorative Arts and Design Faculty (BFA)

Solo exhibitions:

2016 – Dura Europos (Ivan Gallery, Bucharest)
2015 – Kinder. Küche. Kirche (Călina Gallery, Timișoara)
2014 – Untitled Fighter  (Ivan Gallery, Bucharest) 

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