lives and works
New Haven, USA
BFA, San Jose State University, San Jose, USA, 2001
MFA, Yale University School of Art, New Haven, USA, 2006
about the artist
Histories are vandalized, displaced, shredded, tarred, and rearranged in the paintings, drawings, and three-dimensional works of Titus Kaphar. Performing surgery on famed masterpieces that proclaim scenes from the Western world’s colonial past, the artist transforms the images into farcical objects that undermine their classical authority and realizes these images into catalysts for a fair and informed reassessment of race relations as they have, or have not, evolved today. Through disruption and even discomfort, Kaphar mobilizes his audience to identify the alternative account or the greater discourse that hovers behind and beyond every piece of professed truth. In 2006, Kaphar was the artist-in-residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, USA, and in 2008, was named the inaugural recipient of the Gwendolyn Knight and Jacob Lawrence Fellowship at the Seattle Art Museum, USA. His first solo museum exhibition was held at the Seattle Art Museum in 2009. He has also shown in notable group exhibitions in the United States, held at the San Francisco African American Historical and Cultural Society, the Studio Museum in Harlem in New York, the San Jose Museum of Art, and the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Museum. His work was also included in the exhibition Roundabout, which traveled from Wellington, New Zealand, to Tel Aviv, Israel.