Julia Schwartz is an artist living and working in Santa Monica. Her paintings, straddling figuration and abstraction, are deeply influenced by years of psychoanalytic study and practice. She has exhibited extensively nationally and internationally, including Los Angeles, New York, Dallas, Amsterdam, London, and Cyprus. Recent exhibitions include “The Only Way Out Is In” at Citrus College, “Dig For Fire” at Eastside International in Los Angeles, and “Insomnia” in Pelham, New York where more than 100 works on paper were installed. Curatorial projects include "Place Made Visible" in Bushwick, NY (2014) and "States of Being” at the Torrance Art Museum in 2015 and "Black Mirror" at Charlie James Gallery in 2017.
Schwartz received the Foundation Prize for Painting from Peripheral Vision Arts in 2016. She has been the focus of numerous interviews and reviews, including Studiocritical, Ithaca MOMA, Fabrik, and Huffpost, Whitehot Magazine, and Artweek LA, and was interviewed in the February 2017 Coagula Art Journal. She has been included in New American Paintings and listed on 1000 Living Painters. As the Arts Editor for Figure/Ground Communication, Schwartz has interviewed visual and other artists about their creative process. She is currently on the Advisory Board of Fine Arts Complex 1101, a Contemporary Arts Museum in Tempe, AZ.