Paul Mpagi Sepuya (1982, San Bernardino, CA) lives and works in Los Angeles, where he received an MFA in photography at UCLA. He resided in New York from 2000 – 2014, where he received a BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and participated in Artist-in-Residence programs at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Center for Photography at Woodstock, The Studio Museum in Harlem and Fire Island Artist Residency. Sepuya’s work in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the International Center for Photography, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Milwaukee Art Museum and the Carnegie Museum, among others. His work was recently featured in a solo exhibition at Yancey Richardson Gallery, in storefront: PUBLIC FICTION at The Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, and at Callicoon Fine Arts and Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York City. Sepuya’s work has been reviewed in ARTFORUM, The New Yorker, Art Review, Frieze, Hyperallegic, and The Nation. He is a recipient of the 2017 Rema Hort Mann Foundation’s grant for emerging Los Angeles artists.
Sepuya makes photographs, books and installations rooted in portraiture, homoerotic visual culture, and the function of the studio. Portraiture is the foundation of his practice. The subjects appearing in his work are a cast of friends, intimates, and muses. They are founded in ongoing relationships mediated by the making and production of photographs.