Julie Püttgen was born in 1972 in Lausanne, Switzerland, and grew up in Fresno and Atlanta. She attended Yale University (BA); and Georgia State University (MFA). In the 1990's, she taught in Hong Kong, traveled around Asia, and then lived as a nun in Buddhist monasteries for three years.
As an artist, Ms. Püttgen works across media (painting, photography, digital animation, installation), and also curates exhibitions. She has exhibited widely in museums and galleries across the US & internationally.
Having run away and joined the circus, Ms. Püttgen no longer has fixed institutional affiliations, but enjoys teaching art & meditation to adults & young people.