Kalup Linzy received his BFA (2000) and MFA (2003) from the University of South Florida. He also participated in the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2002. In 2007, Linzy was named a Guggenheim Fellow.

His solo exhibitions and projects include the survey exhibition, Kalup Linzy: If It Don’t Fit, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2009); Kalup Linzy: Shades of Black and White, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, NY (2006); Kalup Linzy: All My Churren, LAXART, Los Angeles (2006); and Black Alphabet: Contexts of Contemporary African American Art, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland (2006). He also participated in the Prospect.1 Biennial, New Orleans (2008).

He has performed and screened work at venues including The Kitchen, New York; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, British Film Institute, London; Beursschouwburg, Brussels; The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego. In 2012, he debuted the work Introducing Kaye at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.