b. 1987, Cape Town, South Africa
Live and works in Cape Town, South Africa

Jody Paulsen was born in 1987 in Cape Town, South Africa, where he continues to live and work. In 2009 Paulsen graduated from the University of Cape Town’s Michaelis School of Fine Arts specialising in Print Media. He was awarded the Katrine Harries Print Cabinet Award in the same year. In 2012 Jody Paulsen received the Jules Kramer Departmental Scholarship Award and went on to complete his Masters Degree in 2013.

Notable group exhibitions include: Matereality at Iziko South African National Gallery in Cape Town as well as Gather at SMAC Gallery in Cape Town, both in 2020; Dress Up, Speak Up: Regalia and Resistance at 21c Museum Hotels in Cincinnati, USA and Radical Love, at the Ford Foundation Gallery in New York City, USA, both in 2019; After the Thrill is Gone: Fashion, Politics and Culture in Contemporary South African Art, a travelling exhibition starting at Richmond Centre for Visual Arts, Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, USA in 2018; All Things Being Equal at Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA) in Cape Town in 2017; Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design, curated by Amelie Klein and Okwui Enwezor travelling to the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany and Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain in 2015;Selected solo exhibitions include: A presentation of new works for SMAC Gallery’s ongoing Artist Room series, at SMAC in Cape Town in 2020; Water Me, at SMAC Gallery in Johannesburg in 2018; Pushing Thirty, at SMAC Gallery in Cape Town in 2017. SMAC Gallery has presented solo booths of Paulsen’s work at both The Armory Show and Untitled, Miami Beach.

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