Kalup Linzy was born in 1977 in Stuckey, Florida. He received a BFA in 2000 and an MFA in 2003, both from the University of South Florida in Tampa. He also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He has received awards from the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, Creative Capital Foundation, Jerome Foundation, and the Harpo Foundation. He has had solo exhibitions at The Breeder Gallery, Athens, Greece; Taxter & Spengemann, New York; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; The Moore Space, Miami, FL; LAXART, Los Angeles, and P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, New York. He has been included in group exhibitions at the Athens Biennale, Athens, Greece; The Hydra School Project, Hydra, Greece; Glasgow International: Festival of Contemporary Visual Art, Glasgow, Scotland; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art; Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia, among others. He has performed and screened work at venues including The Kitchen, New York; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, British Film Institute, London; Beursschouwburg, Brussels, Belgium; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA. Linzy's work was included in Prospect.1 New Orleans in November 2008. In 2009, the Studio Museum in Harlem honored Linzy with Kalup Linzy: If it Don't Fit, the first museum survey of the artist's work.
His works are in the collections of The Studio Museum in Harlem, the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Modern Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
Photo credit, Daniel Trese