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Julia Kito Kirtley
Visual Artist, Fashion Designer and Educator Julia Kito Kirtley is extremely talented and well versed in the creative field. Her exhibit “I Hear Music in the Streets” features 13 mixed media paintings that masterfully blend cityscapes, sound and movement to examine the relationship between the city's kinetic energy, the sound of music and the role of the dancer within this sphere. The exhibit also shines even more light on the underground Hip Hop aesthetic.
Born and raised in Compton California, Kito has lived in Brooklyn, New York for the past 20 years. A Graduate of Pratt Institute with a BA in Interior design she is inspired by New York's urban environment and the kinetic energy it embodies. Her biggest inspiration comes from dancers with in the underground dance scene. Their movement often inspires many of her works. Her abstract paintings of cityscapes often serve as the foundation of her three dimensional exhibitions that examine the relationship between the city's kinetic energy, the sound of music and the role of the dancer within this sphere. Currently, Kito is a teaching artist and has worked for CAW (Creative Arts Workshop for Kids), Museum Of Arts And Design and Harlem School of The Arts.