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Zioxla is a creative agency
and independent publishing house
founded by Zio Baritaux.

It published its first title, Strange Plants, in 2014. The book featured the work of 25 artists—from oozing paintings of rotting cacti to eerie, mesmeric photos of the leafy kudzu vine—and discussed the role plants play in the artists’ personal lives. Strange Plants was featured on The New York Times T Magazine, It’s Nice That, Nowness, 032c and Sight Unseen, among others, and was available in stores such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Tenoversix, Table of Contents, Colette, Restored and Marc Jacobs’ Bookmarc. The first edition sold out in less than one month.

In 2015, Zioxla published Strange Plants II. The book featured 30 artists—such as Allison Schulnik, Ren Hang, Misha Hollenbach, Francesca DiMattio, Friedrich Kunath, Rosson Crow and Eric Yahnker—and included viscous paintings of drooping flower arrangements; intuitive photographs of lily pads and lithe bodies; and mixed-media collages that juxtaposed the tranquility of Japanese Ikebana with the chaotic energy of vandalism. Strange Plants II was featured on AnOther, Oyster, Dazed and i-D, among others, and was available in stores such as the Hammer Museum, Space 15 Twenty, Need Supply, Wood Wood, Do You Read Me, Bjork, Perks & Mini and Your Mind.

Most recently, Strange Plants was awarded the gold prize for best editorial project by the Art Directors Club of Europe, and won the gold trophy at the Laus Graphic Design and Visual Communications Awards. For winning the top prize at the Laus Awards, Strange Plants became a part of the endowment of the Barcelona Design Museum.

Zio was the managing editor of Swindle magazine, and has written and/or edited more than a dozen books on art and culture. HarperCollins published The History of American Graffiti, a 400-page textbook she edited, and she contributed to Art in the Streets, Jeffrey Deitch’s graffiti and street art exhibition at MOCA, and the accompanying book. She has curated art exhibitions in both Los Angeles and Miami, which received press in the Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly and Los Angeles magazine, among others. She has also worked with select brands, developing editorial and marketing materials and managing art-related events and sponsorships, including the Barry McGee retrospective at the Berkeley Art Museum and the Keith Haring retrospective at the Musee d’Art Moderne in Paris. In her free time, she freelances for magazines such as i-D, Desillusion, Bullett and Sang Bleu.

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