Julie Mehretu was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 1970 and lives and works in New York City and Berlin. She received a Master’s of Fine Art with honors from The Rhode Island School of Design in 1997.

Mehretu is a recipient of many awards, including the The MacArthur Award (2005), the Berlin Prize: Guna S. Mundheim Fellowship at The American Academy in Berlin, Germany (2007) and the Barnett and Annalee Newman Award (2013).

She has shown extensively in international and national exhibitions.

Recent solo shows include Liminal Squared, Marian Goodman Gallery, NYC (2013), White Cube, London (2013); Mind Breath and Beat Drawings, Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris (2013); Mehretu: Grey Area, Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin & Soloman R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2009); Julie Mehretu: City Sitings, The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit (2007), Williams College Art Museum, Williams, MA (2007), North Carolina Museum of Art (2008).

Mehretu's recent group exhibitions include 5th Moscow Biennale, Moscow, Russia; The Gesture and the Sign, White Cube, Sao Paulo (2013); documenta (13), Kassel, Germany (2012); In Praise of Doubt, Punta della Dogana, Venice, Italy (2011); New Order: Political Gesture and Exchange, White Cube, London (2011); On Line: Drawing Through the Twentieth Century, Museum of Modern Art, New York (2010); Kupferstichkabinett: Between Thought and Action, White Cube, London (2010); Picasso to Julie Mehretu: Modern Drawing in the Collection of the British Museum, Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam (2010); Prospect.1, New Orleans Biennale, New Orleans, LA (2008); Remote Viewing: Invented Worlds in Recent Painting and Drawing, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2005), St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis (2005-6); Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh (2004); São Paulo Biennial, São Paulo, Brazil (2004); Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2004).