Julie Mehretu was born in Ethiopia, raised in Michigan, educated in Senegal and Rhode Island, and lives in New York and Berlin. Her art covers issues such as family history, migration, geography, home, war, cultural history, and personal narrative. Her works have been widely shown in Europe and the United States.
Julie Mehretu's non-figural paintings and etchings create layers of markings, architectural tracings, characters, swarms, blurs and erasures meant to resist and yet, balance each other. Mehretu's imagined non-objective landscapes encourage viewers to tap into their own reserves of strength and resistance.