Julia da costa is a visual artist and illustrator born in France, spending her life between France and Portugal since 2016. After studying design in France, she went to Lisbon to learn Portuguese by herself and started her degree of Clinical Psychology. There she completed her first project, a travel book about Lisbon that she presented at the Rendez-vous du Carnet de Voyage in 2017 in Clermont-Ferrand. In 2018, she went to New York City for 3 months to participate in an artistic residency in a local gallery and to write her second travel book, an illustrated book about nature in New York City. She then returned to Lisbon and presented the second travel book at the Clermont-Ferrand Festival in 2019.
She continues her projects, including a series of psycho-educational comics on various mental health topics. The first one, published in 2021, Pompette, focuses on alcoholic disease and the world of wine.
Today her work is present in different galleries in Lisbon (Joia, Malapata, Nova Banca), in Porto (Squid Ink) and in Belgium (That’s what x said).
Her current work is primarily about her life, her journey and construction as a woman, her vision of femininity, her identity as an intersectional feminist with a disability and the difficulties she faces with her mental health, all with a touch of sarcasm.
2022: No name – Tia Tia restaurante – Porto
2020-2021: Other collective exhibitions at Joia – Lisbon
2020: Sisterhood Joia – Lisbon
2019: Natural Women – Joia – Lisbon
2019: Rendez-vous du Carnet de Voyage – Clermont-Ferrand
2018: Collective exhibition – TMJARTS – New York City
2018: Collective exhibition Valentine’s day – Con Artist Gallery – New York City
2018: Collective exhibition – Greenwich Village New York City
2018: Collective exhibition – Artist Residency Con Artist Gallery – New York City
2017 : Rendez-vous du Carnet de Voyage – Clermont – Ferrand