Born in San Francisco, California. Justine Bianco’s formative world was permeated by art. She grew up in the Mission District of San Francisco, a Latin American neighborhood, full of murals, bohemian cafes and street music. Justine’s respite from the cities chaos and excitement was weekends and summers spent on her family’s ranchland in the coastal Santa Cruz Mountains. These long free country days instilled a formative love of nature. During attendance at the San Francisco Art Institute, experimentation and multiple mediums became tools for expanding her creative exploration. Most of Justine’s undergraduate time was spent in the welding shop building flying machines by day and then evenings working in stone and photolithography. Striving to further explore and merge her interest in nature, science and art she decided to pursue a graduate degree as a mother of two small children. This is where at Mills College she developed her current studio practice photographing and reframing sculptural forms that originate within the microcosm of her studio.
Her work has been featured at The Museo ItaloAmericano, Perspective Gallery, 66 Balmy as well as exhibited by the Griffin Museum, Cannessa Gallery and The MPLS photo center. Her work is held in various private collections and institutions. Justine has been the recipient of the Eureka Fellowship, SECA Nomination, Mills Graduate Research Grant and Nell Stinton scholarship to name a few. After touring much of Europe and the United States with her family in a VW campervan Justine moved to Evanston, Illinois, where she launched a community exhibition space. She has since returned to the Bay Area and maintains a working artist studio at PMA.