Izabela Pluta was born in Warsaw, Poland, and migrated to Australia in 1987. She completed her undergraduate studies in Fine Art at The University of Newcastle and has an MFA from The College of Fine Art, The University of New South Wales in Sydney.
Pluta’s practice is rooted in photographic ideas central to the experience of place, the effects of time and the construction of reality. She utilises diverse forms of imagery and forms which intersect with each other in their tradition, function and materiality. Pluta’s recent works have examined the various ways that place is manifested or experienced, comprising photographs, found ephemera and photomurals to explore her interest in serendipitous encounters, the effects of time and how the photographic image operates as a vehicle for witnessing various states of ruin.
Pluta has exhibited widely in Australia, including a major exhibition of her work at the UTS Gallery in Sydney in 2014. In 2006 she was awarded an Australia Council for the Arts Studio residency in Barcelona. She has undertaken other residencies including at the Red Gate Gallery in Beijing and International Art Space Kellerberrin, WA. In 2008 Pluta was awarded a Freedman Foundation Traveling Scholarship for Emerging Artists and an Ian Potter Cultural Grant for a studio residency at the Cite des Arts International in Paris. In 2008 she received an Australia Council for the Arts New Work Grant and in 2010 she was awarded the Qantas Foundation Contemporary Art Award (NSW). In 2011 Pluta undertook a residency at the Art and Design Research Institute, University of Ulster, Belfast in Northern Ireland, and was also successful in receiving an Australia Council for the Arts New Work Established Grant.
In 2012 Pluta was commissioned to complete a major public art work for the City of Melbourne. The two-part billboard was installed on the CitiPower Station, Little Bourke Street in March 2013. In 2015 Pluta completed a major outdoor work as part of the Mildura Palimpsest Biennale #10.