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Julie Mehretu

United States Born in: 1970 Masterpieces

Julie Mehretu is an American visual artist of Ethiopian origin born in Addis-Adeba in 1970. She lives and works in New York.

Daughter of a mother from the United States, and an Ethiopian father, she left Ethiopia for the United States at the age of 7. Her parents settled in Michigan, where they raised their daughter. . After high school, Julie studied fine art and obtained her master's degree from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1997. She then entered an artistic residency at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston for a year. Shortly after, the artist moved with his partner Jessica Rankin to New York. They have two sons.

Julie Mehretu is known for her canvases of gigantic dimensions, where shapes and colors swirl endlessly, in a joyful ode to the senses. The artist's style oscillates between figuration and abstract art, not being reduced to either of the two. This stylistic freedom is reminiscent of the work of the Futurists, from which the artist may be inspired. The figurative elements - doors, facades, windows and others - are in contact with the graphic forms, to which the symphony of colors infuses a benefactor energy. The lines are fine, precise, thoughtful, all in nuance. The vastness of the canvas does not prevent the artist from paying particular attention to detail. Julie Mehretu regularly tackles the theme of urbanity. Crowds, global cities, noise, pollution, movement, saturation… These are all elements that echo his artistic productions.

Internationally recognized artist, Julie Mehretu is one of the most popular visual artists of the moment. In 2007, Goldman Sachs commissioned a mural for the entrance hall of their new building.

Popular artist in the artistic world, Julie Mehretu exhibits all over the world. His work is already part of MoMA's permanent collections in New York, Berlin and London. In 2005, the Center Georges Pompidou called on her for the Africa Remix exhibition. In 2012, she participated in Documenta 13 in Germany.

Julie Mehretu won the MacArthur Prize in 2005 and was therefore awarded a grant of $ 500,000 over five years, in order to finance her artistic projects.

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