Born in the former USSR but raised a proud citizen of Chicago, Julia Alekseyeva is an illustrator and cartoonist specializing in multi-media drawing. While holding a BA from Columbia University in New York, she has also taken courses at the Art Institute of Chicago for many years, including a masters course taught by the late LeRoy Neiman. Julia has received press from publications such as Reuters, the New York Times, and Bloomberg Business for illustrating the first graphic novel legal brief ever created, written by Bob Kohn and submitted as an amicus brief in USA vs. Apple, and recently included in the 2013 Almanac and Reader for Best Legal Writing. Her first full-length graphic novel, a nonfiction historical memoir entitled Soviet Daughter, was published by Microcosm in January 2017.
While art has always been her great love, so has literature, and, most recently, film. Concurrently with her artistic practice, Julia received a PhD in Comparative Literature from Harvard University, specializing in the avant-garde and film practices in France, Japan, and the former USSR. She has lived in Kiev, Chicago, New York City, Paris, Cambridge, MA, Kanazawa, Japan, and Yokohama, Japan, and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY. She is currently an adjunct professor of Cinema Studies at CUNY Brooklyn College, teaching classes on Russian cinema, Japanese cinema, and documentary film. She has taught both studio drawing courses and classes on the analysis of film, literature, and art at Harvard University, including a course on the history and form of the graphic novel, and a survey of global animation. She is also a freelance copy-editor of English texts and translator of French, Russian, and Japanese, and has translated/subtitled Russian and Japanese films.
To contact Julia about her work, please email jalekseyeva(at)gmail(dot)com. Julia is happy to receive commissions for illustrations, whether for businesses, personal projects, gifts, or publications. Please contact for pricing.
- Created mural displayed at Jabari Brisport's campaign office, Summer/Fall 2017, at 565 Lincoln in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. With Lena Chandhok and Paul Swartz.
- 192-page graphic novel Soviet Daughter. Published on January 10, 2017 via Microcosm Publishing.
- Designed poster and brochure for Institute for Theater, Film and Media Studies (TFM) at the Goethe University, Frankfurt, 2014-2016, using images from Soviet Daughter.
- First 6 pages of Soviet Daughter published in Doykeit zine upcoming issue #2 on "Diaspora".
- Large painting exhibited at the Harvard Fifth Annual Student Art Show, April 2013, Cambridge, MA.
- "USA v. Apple" amicus brief, 5-page graphic novel illustration, written by Bob Kohn. Submitted in USA v. Apple court case Sep 4, 2012. Also published online via PaidContent. Press includes the New York Times, Reuters, Bloomberg Business, and several legal blogs.
- "This Time I'll Change: Dream," an animation collaboration with Gleb Sidorkin. Includes Charcoal animated drawings. Created for Saltimbique Experimental Performance Collective's performance piece, performed by Angelica Olstad, Oct 5-7, 2011.
- Exquisite Corpse exhibition at Fulton Arts Collective, Chicago, IL. Curator: Jenny Lam. 4 multimedia painting/drawings exhibited, in collaboration with Tara Riley. Exhibition dates: Sep 2-17 2011.
- Ruins in Reverse exhibit at Arts at 29 Garden, Harvard University. Also featuring works by Svetlana Boym. Curated by Joana Pimenta and Stephanie Lam. 6 multimedia drawings exhibited. Exhibition dates: May 12-25, 2011.
- Fall 2009: biweekly single-panel cartoons, printed online and in paper edition of the Columbia Spectator.
- 2008-2010: repeated exhibitions at PostScript Artist Gallery, Columbia University, including the exhibits "Skeletons in the Closet" (Spring 2009) and "Obstacles" (Fall 2009).
- Original pages and sketches from Soviet Daughter featured in the "Drawing It Out" exhibition at the Visual Arts Center of NJ. September 22, 2017 to January 14, 2018.
- Graphic narrative book review "Theses on the Philosophy of Walter Benjamin," published in forthcoming issue of Paper Brigade, published by the Jewish Book Council.
- Autobiographical novella-length graphic poem (approx 60 pages) tentatively entitled Yokohama mon amour