Ethiopian artist Julie Mehretu sets new African art record for second time with $10.7m sale

Julie Mehretu. Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Galerie Magazine

By Face2Face Africa

Julie Mehretu creates large-scale works, which combine different media and surfaces to create abstract landscapes, drawing inspiration from a variety of sources including architectural drawings, photographs, city maps, and more.

In her two-dimensional works with eclectic characters, one comes across calligraphy, graffiti, or street art. Mehretu’s works also express how the sociopolitical implications of our urban environment’s history are explored.

The 52-year-old was born in Ethiopia but migrated to the U.S. at the height of political strife in 1977. She has grown to become one of the most influential people in the contemporary African art world, setting records in the creative space.