Julie Mehretu, Artist. Born in Ethiopia, she now lives in NYC and is best known for her layered abstract painting and prints. Julie is the recipient of a 2005 MacAthur Fellowship, known as the “genius grant,” and was awarded the U.S. Dept. of State Medal of Arts in 2015.
“I was then raised in East Lansing, Michigan, where my father was professor of economic geography at the university and my mother a montessorian for young children. I was always drawing and painting since very young. My parents always encouraged me to draw and pushed us to think differently.”
“Work hard, don’t hesitate, and trust your intuition. Take deep care of your work and it will take care of you.”
Tedias, Photograph by Emmet Malmstrom