Paul Mpagi Sepuya

1982 · United States

Artist biography

Paul Mpagi Sepuya is an established mid-career contemporary artist, who was born and brought up in the United States, like other renowned artists such as Emma Webster, Philippe Halsman, Marcia Meyers, Marley Freeman, and Reed Anderson. Paul Mpagi Sepuya was born in 1982.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Paul Mpagi Sepuya's work is available on display in 3 galleries listed on Artland. Galleries include Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles , Interstate Projects, and Document in the United States. Paul Mpagi Sepuya's work has most recently been exhibited at Galerie Sultana in Paris (05 June 2019 until 19 July 2019) with the exhibition Umbilicus . Paul Mpagi Sepuya's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions; A conversation about around pictures (14 March 2020 - 25 April 2020) at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles in the United States and Two-person Exhibition (16 March 2019 - 27 April 2019) at Team Gallery | Los Angeles in the United States. Paul Mpagi Sepuya's first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called A Sag, Harbored and took place at Western Exhibitions in Chicago, the United States from the 14 July 2017 to 19 August 2017.

Paul Mpagi Sepuya in private collections

On Artland, Tony Mangle includes works by Paul Mpagi Sepuya, but also others by Miriam Tölke, Farhad Farzali, and Hur Kyung-Ae, critically acclaimed artists and prominent figures of the Art World.

Historical Context of United States

The United States has been key in the evolution of modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century, especially in the post war era, when the cultural importance of New York asserted its influence over Paris, previously thought of as the most important art hub internationally. Leading art movements established and cultivated in extensive ways throughout the United States include Abstract Expressionism in varied forms, Pop Art, including its West and East Coast branches, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art, plus various post-modern echoes of these many types. In the modern and contemporary age, the United States has exercised a prevailing influence upon the international visual culture, due to the dominion of its economic and political institutions. Key examples of important U.S artists of the modern and contemporary era include Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, Donald Judd, Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, Julian Schnabel, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.

Further Biographical Context for Paul Mpagi Sepuya

Born in 1982, Paul Mpagi Sepuya's creative work was primarily inspired by the 1990s. Art in the 1990s was defined at the start of the decade by a group of artists in the United Kingdom that came to be known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists. They were a diverse collective of creatives, affiliated loosely by their age, nationality, and their association with Goldsmiths and the Royal College of Art in London, alongside being favoured by super collector of the time Charles Saatchi. The most renowned artist of the group is Damien Hirst, who was also an early organiser of group activities. Other artists included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Wood. Much of their art became known for shock tactics and the sensationalism of both material and message. They also became known for their use of throwaway materials, wild-living, and an attitude that was simultaneously counter-culture rebellion but also entrepreneurial. They gained considerable amount of media coverage and dominated British art during the 1990s. Their international shows in the mid-1990s included the now legendary ‘Sensation'. Conceptual photography led by German ideas and artists came to prominence. Artists such as Andreas Gursky, Thomas Struth, and Wolfgang Tillmans gained major recognition, and inspired other artists such as the Canadian Jeff Wall, who experimented with the kind of cinematic expansiveness associated with the German artists’ work. Painters like Albert Oehlen and Martin Kippenberger exerted a strong influence on younger artists.

Paul Mpagi Sepuya

  • Artworks in Collections 1
  • Exhibitions 17

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