Julia Wachtel was born in New York City, New York, in 1956. She earned a B.A. from Middlebury College, Middlebury, in 1977. She studied at the School of Visual Arts, New York, in 1978, and completed an Independent Study Program at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, in 1979.
Wachtel’s work can be found in several important public and private collections around the world, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland; Fonds Régional d’Art Conemporain, Angoulême; Saatchi Collection, London; and the Museum of Modern Art, New York.