Alex Paulus is originally from southeast Missouri, but has been a resident of Memphis, TN since 2007. He received his MFA in 2009 from the Memphis College of Art and is now an Assistant Professor at Southwest Tennessee Community College.


Paulus's  work focuses on figures in depressing situations. Sometimes they are celebrities, sometimes him, sometimes imaginary people. Paulus places these figures in odd situations or surroundings, to investigate how they react to the space. 'I often think about how humans fit into this world and how small we actually are compared to the rest of the universe/multiverse. I am very interested in the purpose of human existence. It seems like we do a lot of weird shit for no reason.'


Paulus’s work has been shown in numerous galleries in Memphis, Nashville, Dallas, Houston, Aspen, St. Louis, Los Angeles, London and many others. His work has also been published in New American Paintings, Studio Visit magazine, Beautiful/Decay, It’s Nice That, Osso Magazine, Neon Magazine, and Glasstire