MONA KUHN   |   Bio


Mona Kuhn is best known for her large-scale, dream-like photographs of the human form. Her work often reference classical themes with a light and insightful touch.  Kuhn’s approach to her photography is unusual in that she usually develops close relationships with her subjects, resulting in images of remarkable naturalness and intimacy, and creating the effect of people naked but comfortable in their own skin.

Kuhn was born in 1969 in São Paulo, Brazil and is of German descent. She received her BA from The Ohio State University and went on to study fine art at the San Francisco Art Institute. She is currently an independent scholar at The Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles.

Her work has been exhibited at Le Bal and Louvre Museum, Paris France; Royal Academy of Arts in London; Musée de l'Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland and Leopold Museum, Vienna, Austria. Her work is in private and public collections worldwide, including The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, California; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California; The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, California; George Eastman Museum, Rochester, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas and Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Japan. 

Steidl has published five monographs of Kuhn’s work to date,  Photographs (2004),  Evidence (2007),  Native (2009),  Bordeaux Series (2011) and  Private (2014). Her newest monograph, Acido Dorado, also published by Steidl, will be released in the Fall 2016. Mona Kuhn lives and works in Los Angeles.