Jamian Juliano-Villani was born in 1987 in Newark, New Jersey, and lives and works in New York. A painter working with sourced images, Juliano-Villani begins her process with visual references from books, magazines, and other print media she has collected since high school.
She often projects images of characters from cartoons and comic books onto her canvases, allowing her to build a narrative of disparate layers. With her rough aesthetic and bold palette, her approach has evoked references to Peter Saul. Driven by emotion and intuition, Juliano-Villani’s process often results in lengthy, demanding working sessions in her studio.
In October, Art21 released a new film on artist Jamian Juliano-Villani and celebrated a decade of filming with Julie Mehretu.
In a new film from the New York Close Up digital series, artist Jamian Juliano-Villani grapples with the demands of consistently producing new and better work when she’s constantly under deadlines.