Kalup Linzy is a video and performance artist based in Brooklyn, New York. Born in Stuckey, Florida. Linzy received his MFA from the University of South Florida. He also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Linzy has been the recipient of numerous awards including a grant from the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship, Creative Capital Foundation grant, a Jerome Foundation Fellowship, an Art Matters Grant, and The Headlands Center for the Arts Alumni Awards Residency.
Linzy’s best-known work is a series of politically charged videos that satirize the conventions of the television soap opera. His work has been included in exhibitions Frequency at the Studio Museum in Harlem, Prospect.1 New Orleans, 30 Americans, Rubell Family Collection, MoMA PS1 Greater New York, At Home/Not At Home: Works from the Collection of Martin and Rebecca Eisenberg, Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College. His work is in the public collections at The Studio Museum in Harlem, Whitney Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
In summer 2010, Linzy appeared on the long running ABC soap opera General Hospital alongside James Franco in a story line that incorporated performance art. In 2011, he released the music EP Turn It Up (featuring James Franco) and was featured in the production Four Saints in Three Acts: An Opera Installation presented by San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Yerba Beuna Center. In 2012, he was awarded a Headlands Center for the Arts Alumni Residency in Sausalito, CA, where he shot the majority of his multi-platform project(Introducing Kaye) Romantic Loner, which consists of a feature film, two shorts, an album, and a series of live performances. In May 2013, he was invited to perform at Yana and Steven Peel’s party during Art Basel Hong Kong, which resulted in a 6 spread page in Harper’s Bazaar Hong Kong released during 2014’s edition of the fair. In Fall 2013, Linzy taught performance in Harvard’s VES department and was an artist in residence at Arts @ 29 Garden Harvard, where he shot his latest web series As Da Art World Might Turn. Recently, he released a new album Art Jobs and Lullabies, which is a multi-platform visual music project that will continue through 2015.