Kauper received his BFA from the University of Massachusetts and an MFA from UCLA. He has had solo shows at Deitch Projects in New York and ACME Gallery in Los Angeles. He has been included in numerous group exhibitions both in the United States and Europe, including the Whitney Museum, the Pompidou Center (Paris), the Kunsthalle (Vienna), and the Stedelijk Museum (Ghent). He has received grants from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. His work is included in the collections of MoMA, the Oakland Museum of Art, the Weatherspoon Museum (Greensboro, NC) and the Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven). He is represented by ACME Gallery.