Kalup Linzy (born 1977) is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice includes videos, performances, and music. His satirical narratives—inspired by soap operas, telenovelas and Hollywood melodramas—deal with race, sexuality, gender, class, and the art world itself. Serving as writer, director, cinematographer, editor, and actor, he performs (often in drag) a series of memorable, defiant characters. Simultaneously salacious and poignant, Linzy's works fuse dramatic intensity with melodramatic irony and gut-busting comedy.
Linzy’s work has been shown in museums worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; MoMA/PS1, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; The Kitchen, New York; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. His work is included in the public collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Studio Museum in Harlem, and has been screened at the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, British Film Institute. Linzy was named a Guggenheim fellow in 2007, and in 2008 he received a Creative Capital Grant as well as a fellowship from the Jerome Foundation. In 2007, New York magazine named him one of the ten most promising artists. Linzy graduated from the MFA program at the University of South Florida in 2003.