Julie was born and raised just north of the gritty windy city of Chicago. Passionate about the arts and dance, she completed a B.A. in art at the University of Colorado, Boulder, spending a year abroad at the University of Bordeaux, in France. Later she moved to Pietrasanta, Italy—to the region where Michelangelo had opened new marble quarries and created many of his masterpieces. She began work at Studio Sem, which executed commissions for major sculptors such as Henry Moore. While in Pietrasanta, Julie met her future husband, Israeli artist Omri Amrany. After marrying in 1987 and living for two years in Israel, Julie and Omri returned to the United States and settled in the Chicago area.
In 1992 Omri and Julie opened the Fine Art Studio of Rotblatt-Amrany, an educational center and workplace intended to duplicate the ateliers they had encountered in Europe. In its first two decades of operation, the facility has completed over 200 art commissions, hosted countless exhibitions, and trained and supported over 300 artists - some of whom went on to national recognition. In 1994 the Amranys were commissioned by the Chicago Bulls to create a statue in honor of basketball legend Michael Jordan. The 16-foot sculpture, permanently installed outside the United Center in Chicago, sparked major media interest and drew acclaim for the way a ton of bronze could appear to fly. The sculpture has become one of Chicago’s most-visited tourist sites.
Inspiration is the key to an artist’s direction; without it one could never reach those pivotal moments of clarity. Physics and astronomy inspire my artwork, so I create mostly from an intuitive place while scientists’ work is of an empirical nature. I would like to be part of the link that bridges the gap between art and science. On this path I observe the micro and the macro universe, two sides of a natural polarity that together comprise a unified whole. I hope to always explore space in all its dimensions and wonders; it is a limitless investigation.
Julie and Omri are grateful to have earned public respect in many cities. The two believe they are giving something hopeful and energizing back, as they explore the lives of heroic figures and hold up parts of their human and soulful experience that can inspire others.