Clinton Kuopus was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1942. He studied visual art and art history at Michigan State University and Wayne State University, and completed his graduate work in fine arts at Eastern Michigan University. He also served four years with the United States Navy as a photographic interpreter during the Vietnam Era, an experience that began to affect his work in the late seventies.
Kuopus works primarily with gouache and mixed media on paper. His images concern aerial abstraction- abstract aerial landscapes overlaid with symbols and codified information about real and imagined events that occur on the face of the earth. Kuopus sees “aerialness” as an obvious aspect of how we perceive our planet- mainly through maps and charts of it.
Kuopus’ works have been described as being both beautiful (in terms of surface, mark and color) and emotionally haunting, suggesting a mythic view of events both past and future. His work exists in private and corporate collections in the United States and abroad. His new screenprint images are a logical progression of his paintings on paper.
Kuopus lives and works in New York City. He is a member of the faculty and Director of the Exhibition Program at Parsons School of Design. He worked and taught at several colleges and universities in the Midwest before moving to Manhattan in 1983.