Julia Berkman is an abstract painter who was born and is now based in Boston, Massachusetts (b. 1976). Her work is tactile and textural and incorporates grid-like elements of geometric abstraction. She also uses biomorphic forms and non-traditional painting materials and has recently gravitated towards a more restricted palette.
Berkman started painting seriously while she was an Art Major at Swarthmore College, from where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1999. She continued painting and experimenting with other media throughout her time at Brandeis University, from where she received her Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Studio Art in 2005. Berkman then moved on to the Masters of Fine Arts Program at Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts. She taught foundation and drawing courses to Mason Gross undergraduates, participated in student shows and group shows, including one at the Domo Gallery in Summit, New Jersey in 2006. She completed her MFA in the Spring of 2007.
Julia Berkman now lives in Watertown, Massachusetts and works out of her studio in Somerville, Massachusetts. Her work can be seen in Volume Eleven of Studio Visit, an Open Studio Press publication from 2010. Her work is also featured in the most recent Northeast Edition of New American Paintings (Edition 92). She is represented by SOHO20 as well as by the Formalist Sidewalk Poetry Club in Miami, Florida.