Julia Crosara, Chance Encounters, No. 1, 2024, mixed media on canvas

Julia Crosara, "Serendipity, No. 1," 2024, mixed media on canvas.

A sense of curiosity underlies my painting practice and compels me to discover new ways of interacting with paint. I respond to the materials in the moment, communicating my state of being through color, texture, mark making, and paint.

— Julia Crosara

Julia Crosara, Chance Encounters, No. 21, 2024, mixed media on canvas

Julia Crosara, "Serendipity, No. 9," 2024, mixed media on canvas.

Julia Crosara, Chance Encounters, No. 21, 2024, mixed media on canvas

Julia Crosara, "Serendipity, No. 10," 2024, mixed media on canvas.

Julia Crosara, Chance Encounters, No. 21, 2024, mixed media on canvas

Julia Crosara, "Serendipity, No. 4," 2024, mixed media on canvas.

Julia Crosara, Chance Encounters, No. 21, 2024, mixed media on canvas

Julia Crosara, "Serendipity, No. 8," 2024, mixed media on paper.

Julia Crosara standing in front of her abstract painting, Summer Harvest

Julia Crosara is a Seattle-based abstract artist who works with traditional painting methods and digital media. Growing up in Chicago, with its vibrant cultural scene, Julia was exposed to a variety of art disciplines, including music, dance, theater, and visual art. She gravitated to painting and drawing because it allowed her to express herself in ways that escaped her verbally. Art became her resplendent voice, an instrument of freedom, self-discovery, and communion.

Julia holds a BFA in Studio Art/Painting from the University of Illinois at Chicago's School of Art and Design and a BA in Art History from New York University. Her art training was shaped by mentorship from renowned Chicago artists Susan Sensemann and Kerry James Marshall. They shared their art studios, demystified the painting process, and provided invaluable insights that have shaped her artistic growth.

Julia's painting practice has taken her from the rigors of representational art to the freedom of abstract painting. Driven by curiosity and the impulse to create, she builds her paintings layer by layer through a process of addition and subtraction. Embracing spontaneity and chance, she experiments with a variety of materials, allowing her artwork to emerge and coalesce in unexpected ways.

Over the past twenty-five years, Julia's artwork has been showcased in solo and group exhibitions in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, and Italy. In 2022, her work was published in Art Folio, featured in Earshot Jazz Magazine, and exhibited in HerStory, curated by Manhattan Arts International. In November 2023, Julia exhibited her artwork in Little Treasures, an invitational exhibition in Bologna, Italy, curated by Trevisan International Art.

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Julia's artwork was exhibited in the Trevisan International Art show, Little Treasures, which opened on November 25, 2023, at the Galleria de Marchi in Bologna, Italy.


A mask from the Coming Together at the Seams series was included in the Manhattan Arts International HerStory 2022 exhibition.


A painting from the Breaking Free series was featured in Art Folio 2022, a curated collection of contemporary art.


Julia's painting, Reflection, from the Resurfacing Series, was featured in an article about how abstract artists use mixed media, written by Renée Phillips, Curator and Founder/Director of Manhattan Arts International.


Julia and her husband Francesco, a jazz pianist/composer, were featured in the April 2022 edition of Earshot Jazz Magazine for their online series collaboration entitled Art Music.