Julie Mehretu (b. 1970) is a contemporary Ethopian-born American artist best known for her large-scale abstract paintings. Blending elements of Abstract Expressionism with Pop Art, her work bears the influence of important 20th-Century painters, including Wassily Kandinsky, Kazimir Malevich, and Piet Mondrian. Working as both painter and printmaker, Mehretu layers a mixture of pigment, graphite, and ink onto heavily intersected lines of color, topographical elements, and geometric renderings. Born in Addis Ababa, Ethopia, her family moved to the United States in 1977. She graduated from Kalamazoo College in 1992, and began pursuing an art career independently before attending the MFA program at the Rhode Island School of Design, where she received her degree in 1997. She was the recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship in 2005, and in 2009, Goldman Sachs unveiled Mehretu's sprawling Mural in the lobby of their Manhattan headquarters. The artist currently lives and works in New York, NY. Her works are held in the collections of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, and The Museum of Modern Art in New York, among others.
Prints and MultiplesWorks on Paper