Julia Ibbini is based in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. Her work combines contemporary digital design and traditional craftsmanship with extreme intricacy to create pieces that articulate themes of identity, place and belonging.
Much of her current work is created using custom developed computer software and laser machines resulting in highly detailed laser cut works on layered paper.
Julia studied at Leeds College of Art and Design, United Kingdom graduating in 2002, In 2013, Julia established ‘No White Walls,’ an artist-led initiative that develops exhibitions and projects at a grass-roots level in Abu Dhabi. In 2017, she was named the second place winner of Delusional: Jonathan LeVine’s Search for the Next Great Artist, her work has exhibited over the last 12 months at LeVine Projects, Art Basel Miami, LA Art Show and with Parlor Gallery's 'A Thousand Cuts' works on paper show in NJ and in ‘Diving Bell and a Butterfly’ in Dubai. Julia is currently working toward her debut solo show in the US with Jonathan LeVine Projects scheduled for early 2019.
Julia has lived her entire life in the UAE and her work reflects both her layered and complex multicultural experience as well as the geometry and symbolism inherent with the Middle East region. Her work stems from a fascination with complex pattern and is made of many layers of laser cut archival paper and mylar, which are then emphasised with bold inks and paint.