JULIA KITO KIRTLEY
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. Kito often serves as the creative director for Dance Fusion by creating props and costume for stage performances presented in New York, Paris and Montreal. She is currently a Teaching Artist with Harlem School Of The Arts and EM Art working with students of all ages in underserved communities. Kito's philosophy is that the practice of art serves as the building blocks that enhance not just child development but is beneficial to its practitioners young and old.