b. 1987, Cape Town

Lives and works in Cape Town


Jody Paulsen was born in 1987 in Cape Town, South Africa, where he continues to live and work. He specialised in Print Media at the University of Cape Town’s Michaelis School of Fine Arts. On graduating in 2009, Paulsen was awarded the Katrine Harris Print Cabinet Award. In 2012 Jody Paulsen received the Jules Kramer Departmental Scholarship Award and went on to complete his Masters Degree with his solo exhibition What You Want, Whenever You Want It in 2013.

Paulsen opened his first solo exhibition, titled Pushing Thirty, at SMAC Gallery in Cape Town, followed by a solo presentation, hosted by SMAC Gallery, at Untitled Art Miami Beach in Miami, USA both in 2017. Paulsen recently opened  his second exhibition, titled Water Me with SMAC Gallery in December 2018.

Notable group exhibitions include: After the Thrill is Gone: Fashion, Politics and Culture in Contemporary South African Art, curated by Andrew Hennlich, a traveling exhibition starting at Richmond Centre for Visual Arts, Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, USA, and ending in 2018; All Things Being Equal at Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA) in Cape Town, South Africa, in 2017; Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design, curated by Amelie Klein and Okwui Enwezor, a travelling exhibition starting in 2015 at the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany and the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain and travelling to the Centre de Cultura Contemporánia de Barcelona in Spain & the Kunsthal Rotterdam in the Netherlands in 2016; the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, USA in 2017 and in 2018 to the Albuquerque Museum in Albuquerque & the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin both in USA. Earlier exhibitions include Anyway, The Wind Blows at BRUNDYN+ in Cape Town, South Africa, in 2014; The Night Show at Goodman Gallery in 2011 in Cape Town, South Africa; and the Sasol New Signatures Award in Pretoria, South Africa in 2010.

Recent group exhibitions include Passion Fruit at Temporary Storage Gallery in New York City in 2018;  UPSTART/STARTUP at SMAC Gallery in Johannesburg during 2016, as well as Young, Gifted and Black, curated by Hank Willis Thomas in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 2015.

Paulsen has collaborated with fashion designer Adriaan Kuiters presenting numerous collections at the Mercedes-Benz Cape Town Fashion Week, as part of the Generation Africa fashion show at Pitti Uomo in
Florence, Italy, in 2016. Paulsen continues to expand and present new collections, internationally and locally, with Kuiters.

Paulsen’s work forms part of numerous significant public and private collections, including Zeitz MOCAA in Cape Town, South Africa; Matthais & Gervanne Leridon Collection in Paris, France; Sovereign Art Foundation, in Hong Kong, Singapore, UK, Guernsey, South Africa; The Royal Portfolio Collection, in Cape Town, South Africa and the 21 c Museums Hotel in Louisville, USA.


Paulsen is currently preparing for his solo presentation at The Armory Show in New York City, USA. The Fair Will run from 7 – 10 March 2019.

Jody Paulsen recently presented his solo exhibition titled Water Me at SMAC Gallery in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Paulsen is part of the travelling exhibition Making Africa – A Continent of Contemporary Design, which is open at the Blanton Museum of Art, Austin Texas and will run until the 6 January 2019.




Athi Mongezeleli Joja | Mail & Guardian | Psychology of colour, texture | 18 January 2019 – PDF

Scott Indrisek | Artsy | 10 Emerging Artists to Discover at Untitled, Miami Beach5 December 2017 – PDF

M Thesen Law | adjective. | Late Stage Capitalism Luxe | 31 August 2017 – PDF

Sean O’Toole | Art Forum | Critics’ Picks – Jody Paulsen | 11 February 2017 – PDF

Alix-Rose Cowie | Indie Channel | Pushing Thirty: The Art of Adulting |  22 February 2017 –  PDF

Lindi Brownell Meiring | Visi | Artists We Love: Jody Paulsen | 23 February 2017  PDF

Lloyd Pollak | ArtThrob | A Sisyphean Push: Jody Paulsen’s ‘Pushing Thirty’ | 21 February 2017 – PDF

Lisa Wallace | Conde Nast House and Garden | Pushing Thirty | 7 March 2017 – PDF

Christa Dee | Bubblegumclub | Artist Jody Paulsen’s solo Exhibition ‘Pushing Thirty’ | 17 February 2017 – PDF

Dave Mann | Between 10 and 5 | Jody Paulsen on planning, pattern and process | 25 October 2016 PDF