Kuper was born in 1958 in New Jersey. His illustrations and comics have been published in newspapers and magazines around the world. He is a regular contributor of The New Yorker and has also collaborated with The New York Times, Time, Newsweek, Internazionale, Le Monde, The Nation and MAD magazine where he has written and illustrated SPY vs. SPY in every issue since 1997. His cartoon won a Reuben Award in 2017.
He is the co-founder and publisher of World War 3 Illustrated, a political graphics magazine that has been providing a forum for political artists for nearly 40 years. He is also co-artistic director of Opp-Art, a political art website sponsored by The Nation Magazine that publishes daily commentary on news from artists around the world. He has produced more than twenty books, including Sticks and Stones (winner of the gold medal of The Society of Illustrators), The System, Diario de Oaxaca, Ruins (winner of the 2016 Eisner Prize) and adaptations of many of Franz Kafka’s works into comic books, including The Metamorphoses and his latest graphic novel, Kafkaesque.
He is currently working on an adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness.
He has lectured all over the world and has been giving comic book classes at the School of Visual Arts since 1987. He is also a visiting professor at Harvard University.