Paul Mpagi Sepuya, ‘Self-portrait with Roses at Night (1709)’, 2015, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions: Benefit Auction 2017

Framed: 16 x 13 in.

Paul Mgapi Sepuya is a Los Angeles-based photographer and artist. Born in 1984, he hails from New York, where he lived and worked until 2014. His work is portraiture based and explores the intimate relationship between artist and subject. It provides a vulnerable lense for viewers to see his subjects through. Sepuya studied at the University of California in Los Angeles, and subsequently attended New York University’s Tisch School of Arts. His work has been featured in I.D., The New Yorker, and Paper Magazine, as well as The New York Times and other publications. STUDIO WORK, Sepuya’s most recent monograph, was released in 2012.
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About Paul Mpagi Sepuya

Informed by a critical understanding of art history, Paul Mpagi Sepuya deconstructs archetypal subjects like the male nude and self-portrait, meditating on the fragmentation of queer and photographed bodies. Manipulating perspective using mirrors, drapery, and collage, the Los Angeles-based photographer complicates subjective relationships within an image. The artist’s studio provides context for Sepuya’s site-specific commentary on portrait photography, the artistic process, and queer identities. Within this erotic queer space where experimentation is possible, Sepuya explores the tension between elusive desire and ambiguous sensuality. Sepuya wrote, “I want these queer, black photographs to exist within historic and contemporary conversations about photography as a whole, affirming the medium and my personal investment in its possible futures.”

American, b. 1982, San Bernardino, CA, USA, based in Los Angeles, CA, USA