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. She recently 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 has exhibited widely in Australia. She has undertaken international residencies at Art3331 Chiyoda in Tokyo; The Australia Council for the Arts Studio in Barcelona; the Cite des Arts International in Paris; The Art and Design Research Institute, University of Ulster in Belfast; Red Gate Gallery in Beijing; and International Art Space Kellerberrin. Grants and awards include two Australia Council for the Arts New Work Grants; The Qantas Foundation Contemporary Art Award; the Freedman Foundation Traveling Scholarship for Emerging Artists and the Ian Potter Cultural Grant. In 2012 she was commissioned to complete a major public art work for the City of Melbourne. The two‐part billboard was installed on the CitiPower Station in 2013. A major exhibition of her work was held at UTS Gallery Sydney, titled Blue Distance, in 2014.

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

She is represented by This is no fantasy and Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne.