1) Julie Mehretu, born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopian Empire on November 28, 1970 (aged 530), is a contemporary visual artist, known for her multi-layered paintings of abstracted landscape on a large scale.
2) A graduate of East Lansing High School, Mehretu received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and did a junior year abroad at (UCAD) then attended the RISD.
3) Mehretu’s canvases incorporate elements from technical drawings of various urban buildings and linear illustrations of urban efficiency, including city grids and weather charts.
4) In 2000 she was awarded a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award. She was the recipient of the 2001 Penny McCall Award & one of the 2005 recipients of the genius grant
5) In 2013, Mehretu was awarded the Barnett and Annalee Newman Award. In 2015, she received the US Department of State Medal of Arts from Secretary of State John Kerry.
6) In 2020, Time magazine included her in its list of the 100 most influential people. In 2023, German automaker BMW selected her to paint its annual “art car” for entry at the 24 Hours of Le Mans race.