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Julia Holtmann is a German visual artist based in Ronda, Southern Spain.

After studying Visual Arts in Cape Town at the University of South Africa for a few years, she obtained a BA from the Design Department of the University of Applied Sciences Hamburg, Germany and an MFA from the University of Málaga, Spain. She has exhibited internationally in group and solo shows.

As a medium that can be at once utterly immediate and protracted, rudimentary and virtuosic, drawing allows me to explore the concepts and correlations of presence, time and being. Regular walks, keeping a drawing journal, collecting and examining found organic matter are the foundation of my process focussed art practice. 

I find clues in nature, where I am particularly drawn to the discarded and overlooked. Weeds or withered residues as traces of transformation become access points to explore the intersection between the banal and the sublime.

While letting my fluctuating, abstract spaces emerge from automatic processes, observation and memory, I intend to investigate the power of the inbetween-spaces over meaning, legibility and perception. I understand my intricate but undefined imagery as an embrace of ambiguity and an encounter with isness.




2022   MFA   Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Málaga, ES

2013   BA      Department of Design, University of Applied Sciences, Hamburg, DE 


Art Residencies


2024   SOWING SEEDS   Art Junction Residency Udaipur, Kaman Art Foundation, IN

2018   YOUNG ARTIST IN RESIDENCE   Salem Artworks, Salem NY, US


Solo Exhibitions 


2024  MÁS ALLÁ DE LA SUPERFICIE (upcoming) two artist show, Casa de la Cultura Fuengirola, Málaga, ES

2018  TRACES   Abandoned Train Station, Salem NY, US

2017  SPITZEN   Toro Spacio Gallery, Ronda (Málaga), ES

2015  CONEXIONES + live drawing   Drinks&Co Gallery Bar, Ronda (Málaga), ES

2014  ADD ART  (two person show) BDO AG, Hamburg, DE 


Group Exhibitions 


2023  I LIKE YOUR WORK   Fall Exhibition, online

2023  INT22   MVA Cultural Centre, Málaga, ES

2020  ÁNGELES CAÍDAS   Sala Mingorance, Municipal Archive, Málaga, ES 

2018  SALEM ARTWORKS   LARAC Gallery, Glens Falls, US

2018  SALEM ARTWORKS   North Main Gallery, Salem US

2015  INCUBARTE 7   Int. Art Festival Sala LaMetro, Valencia, ES

2015  ART OLYMPIA   Toshima Ecomusee Town, Tokyo, JP

2013  KUNST IM REE   Ree Location, Hamburg, DE

2013  REEPER REEPER   Haus Hundertzehn Reeperbahnfestival, Hamburg, DE

2013  FUMETTO   Schwimmbad, International Comic Festival Lucerne, CH

2013  LUKS #2   Das Lokal, Hamburg, DE

2012  MILK AND COAL. DIE MUTTER   Das Magazin, Comicfestival Hamburg, DE

2012  THE UNCANNY   Hall of justice building, Hamburg, DE

2011  REACTIVE LANDSCAPES Kinetic Installations    Frappant, Hamburg, DE

2011  MÄRCHENWELTEN    Goethe Institute Rome, Worldwide touring exhibition

2010  ICH ODER DU    touring exhibition Hamburg, DE


Grants and Awards


2022  TBW DRAWING PRIZE   longlisted

2020  STIFTUNG KULTURWERK - VG BILD-KUNST   project funding

2015  ART OLYMPIA PRIZE   shortlisted

2014  ADD ART   scholarship




2023  I LIKE YOUR WORK  Fall Exhibition Catalogue (US) 

2023  PARADIGMA No. 25  Academic biannual cultural journal of the University of Málaga (ES)

2020  ÁNGELES CAÍDAS Exhibition Catalog  Málaga City Council, Cultural Area (ES)

2014  ADD ART Exhibition Catalog  BDO AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft (DE)

2012  FREMDE  small book-edition published by MamiVerlag (DE)

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