Izabela Pluta was born in Warsaw, Poland, and migrated to Australia in 1987. She did her undergraduate studies in fine art at The University of Newcastle and has an MFA from UNSW Art & Design, Sydney. In 2017, she completed her PhD in the Faculty of Creative Arts, The University of Wollongong, entitled Allegories of Diaspora: Gleaning the residues of spatial and temporal misalignments.

Izabela Pluta has exhibited widely in Australia at Artspace, The Australian Centre for Photography, 55 Sydenham Rd, UTS Gallery and Galerie Pompom, Sydney; Queensland Centre for Photography, Brisbane; 24 HR Art, Darwin; Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts; Canberra Contemporary Art Space; and Westspace, Edmund Pearce Gallery and Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne, among many others. In 2012, she was commissioned to create Unset Typologies, a public artwork for the City of Melbourne. In 2018, Pluta was shortlisted for the MAMA Foundation National Photographic Award. In 2019 Pluta will be presenting new work in exhibitions including The National 2019: new Australian art at the Art Gallery of NSW and Resurfaced Geographies at Verge Gallery, Sydney.

Izabela was a co-Director at Rocketart in Newcastle [2003-2005], and currently lectures in photography at UNSW Art & Design (formerly COFA).

She is represented by THIS IS NO FANTASY dianne tanzer + nicola stein, Melbourne.