Iulia Jugaru

Iulia Jugaru (born in 1999, Brașov) is a graduate of the National University of Arts in Bucharest, holding both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in the Department of Art Pedagogy. She began initiating exhibition projects during her studies and has a particular interest in painting, textile collage, photography, digital art, and installations. Iulia has participated in numerous exhibitions in various cities such as Bucharest, Brașov, Constanța, and has also served as a curator for exhibitions promoting young artists.

You can follow Iulia on her Instagram profile: https://www.instagram.com/iulia_jugaru/

Q&A with Iulia Jugaru

When did you discover your passion for art, and what does art mean to you?

Art has always been an extension of my own person. We coexisted. It’s a different way I relate to reality, to the world.

Describe yourself briefly: what do you like, what moves you, what revolts you?

Injustice revolts me, I like things that aren’t beautiful by definition, and I get emotional when I have to represent myself as a product.

Describe your artistic vision: sources of inspiration, methods, messages you want to convey to the audience.

The main source of inspiration is people and the various situations I encounter daily. I encourage taking long bus rides, waiting in line at the supermarket, and interacting with public officials as the best way to observe situations that inspire you. For a healthy life, consume a minimum of two liters of fluids daily.

Who has influenced you on your journey so far and why?

Life, in all its aspects.

Which of your works do you like the most, and what does it mean to you?

“De la Ana la Caiafa” is the work I like the most because it presented the most technical and emotional difficulties. There was a period when I disliked it completely, then I understood that it encompasses four very full months of my life, and I became attached to it, this time definitively.

What has been the most joyful moment in your career so far?

It would be unfair to say that there was one moment that made me happier than another. Every time there’s a project, I feel validated as an artist, and I feel that my work is appreciated and recognized. It’s often a momentary joy that fades as soon as the project begins.

What do you expect from the Accelerator Brașov program?

From the Accelerator Brașov program, I expect it to thaw the artistic atmosphere in the city. Promoting local young artists is already a step forward.

Which other artist do you like and find inspiring, and why?

I like Romanian artists with humor: Nicolae Comănescu, Alexandru Rădvan, Gorzo, Valeriu Mladin, Suzana Dan, etc. I’m inspired by their courage to get rid of conformism without losing quality. I appreciate the boldness they assume in any field, not just in the arts.

What are your future plans?

To live decently doing what I love. I think it’s a normal aspiration and quite common among artists. I hope there are as many projects as possible that understand that artists don’t feed through photosynthesis and don’t live outdoors.

Works of the Artist

in Fabulating About a Gelato Machine Exhibition