Julie Mehretu (b. 1970) is a contemporary American artist known for her large-scale architectural abstractions. She works primarily as a painter and printmaker and creates her pieces by layering pigment with graphite and ink into intersected lines of color, topographical elements, and geometrical free-form renderings. Born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, she later moved to the United States in 1977 and studied at the Kalamazoo College and the Rhode Island School of Design.Her work blends elements of Abstract Expressionism with Pop Art, and all of her works involve symbolism drawn from graffiti, city maps, and comic book graphics. Her current body of work is part of the permanent collection in The Museum of Modern Art in New York.