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About Julia Ismambetova
I was born and raised in Almaty, Kazakhstan, studied painting and other creative artistic pursuits from an early age and graduated with a degree in Fine Arts from Almaty State University in 1995. In 2016, I moved to Canada to reside permanently in Toronto with my daughter and husband.

Biography:

Julia studied creative visual arts at university and graduated with a degree in Fine Art from Almaty State University (ASU) in 1995. Between 1996 and 1998, she taught and lectured in the ASU Arts and Crafts department, before pursuing her artistic career full-time.

Julia creates her art using a batik technique, and has been known to describe her self-expression as akin to ‘graphics on silk’. She freely admits that she was won over by the unlimited opportunities and diversity that batiks can offer to the artist. The batik technique is a rather complex and painstaking type of fabric painting, requiring the artist’s patience, skill and ultimately, mastery. Julia has been working with this technique for almost two decades now, and has succeeded to combine this ancient craft with her own unique style and modern elements.

Julia has exhibited «widely» almost every year since 1998, in Kazakhstan, at Christie's Auction House in London (UK) and in New York City. Individuals and corporations around the world, including in Kazakhstan, Russia, Spain, South Korea, the USA, Canada, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Germany, Sweden and Israel, have purchased her original artwork for their residences and offices.

Exhibitions

2017 — “A Retrospective”, Rosedale Art Fair, Toronto, Canada

2015 — “So There Were Stars”, Clay House Gallery, Almaty, Kazakhstan

2014 — “View Through The Window”, Artscape Wychwood Barns Community Gallery, Toronto, Canada

2014 — “Meeting On The Way”, Palace of Independence, Astana, Kazakhstan

2013 — “If A Soul Had A Profile”, Art Centre Alma-Ata Gallery, Almaty, Kazakhstan

2012 — “World of Children”, Art Centre Alma-Ata Gallery, Almaty, Kazakhstan

2012 — “Rhythms of Color”, Agora Gallery, New York City, USA

2011 — “Horsemen”, Art Centre Alma-Ata Gallery, Almaty, Kazakhstan

2010 — “Tete-a-Tete”, Art Centre Alma-Ata Gallery, Almaty, Kazakhstan

2009 — “Walks in the City”, Art Centre Alma-Ata Gallery, Almaty, Kazakhstan

2009 — “Ingenious View”, Art Centre Alma-Ata Gallery, Almaty, Kazakhstan

2008 — “Art Nomad”, Christie’s Auction House, London, England

2007 — “Melody of the Sun”, Central Exhibition Hall, SRCE Directorate of Exhibitions and Auctions of the Kazakhstan Ministry of Culture, Almaty, Kazakhstan

2006 — solo exhibition, Tandem Phillip Morris Gallery, Almaty, Kazakhstan

2004 — “Towards the Sun”, Central Exhibition Hall, SRCE Directorate of Exhibitions and Auctions of the Kazakhstan Ministry of Culture, Almaty, Kazakhstan

2003 — “All Muses Are Women”, ARK Gallery, Almaty, Kazakhstan

2000 — “History of Fish”, Tribune Gallery, Almaty, Kazakhstan

1999 — solo exhibition, ABN AMRO Bank Kazakhstan, Almaty, Kazakhstan

1999 — solo exhibition, Tribune Gallery, Almaty, Kazakhstan

1998 — participated in the “Batik World” exhibition, A. Kasteyev State Museum, Almaty, Kazakhstan

1999 — solo exhibition, ABN AMRO Bank Kazakhstan, Almaty, Kazakhstan

1999 — solo exhibition, Tribune Gallery, Almaty, Kazakhstan

1998 — participated in the «Batik World» exhibition, A. Kasteyev State Museum, Almaty, Kazakhstan