Julia Antohi (JULY i) is a Canadian-based artist who has stylistically zig-zagged the last decade via outdoor stencilling, paste-up, street installations, protest signs, and graffiti, all the way to studio painting. Julia Antohi has a Master of Fine Arts in Textile from the National Academy of Fine Arts, Sofia, Bulgaria. As a result, the artist will often combine graffiti with the fine arts in her pieces.
JULY i has participated in many community art projects, such as large-scale murals, festivals, and street art auctions.
Artist statement: “I think of my mural art as a geometric fragment, including different native worldwide folklore patterns or anamorphic elements mixed with realistic human character shapes or real-life actions.
My arrangements are schematic, inviting the viewer to move into a space of thinking, inspiring to question our making of the world through design and movement images. I rely on our desire for beauty, poetry and seduction. Also, not being afraid of taking it to a critical view of social, political and cultural issues.
My work subject matter tends to be inspired by the wall’s history, shape, architectural structure, location, and community spirit. I use different techniques from a hand-cut stencil to paint printing techniques and freehand painting, spray paint and brush.”
“I’m a curious person, and I’m always willing to learn new things, so when I started my trajectory (more than 15 years ago), my main focus was 3D modelling. However, my desire for new knowledge made me pass through several areas, working with 2D, 3D, Stop Motion and Live Action.”
Baboo Matsusaki has a small animation studio called Hilda, and today they find themselves in the management area. The technical knowledge they gathered through those years helped them a lot, as they managed and supervised large multidisciplinary teams with professionals at all levels. Additionally, they can coordinate complex projects that require a lot of experience in the area.
Baboo particularly likes working with art direction and direction in general. So in their spare time, they make collages on paper to take their mind off the computer and the digital world.