Julie Mehretu is a world-renowned painter, born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 1970. She moved to the United States when she was 7, and now 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), the Barnett and Annalee Newman Award (2013), and the US Department of State Medal of Arts Award (2015). She has shown extensively in international and national exhibitions. Recent solo shows include Julie Mehretu: The Mathematics of Droves, White Cube, Sao Paulo, Brazil; Julie Mehretu: Half a Shadow, carlier|gebauer, Berlin, Germany; Liminal Squared, Marian Goodman Gallery, NYC (2013), White Cube, London (2013); Julie Mehretu: Grey Area, Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin & Soloman R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2009). Mehretu's recent group exhibitions include The Forever Now; Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World, MoMA, New York, NY (2015); Sharjah Biennial 12, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (2015); The International Biennial of Contemporary Art Foundation of Cartagena, Cartagena, Columbia (2014); 5th Moscow Biennale, Moscow, Russia (2013); documenta (13), Kassel, Germany (2012). Selected public collections include The Broad Art Foundation, Los Angeles; The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Punta della Dogana, Venice, Italy; The Brooklyn Museum, New York; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Foundation Sorigué, Lleida, Spain; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Kupserstichkabinett, Berlin; Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Hummelbaek, Denmark; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, Spain; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.; New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; Studio Museum of Harlem, New York; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.