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Rico Gatson in his studio, 2020, Brooklyn, NY
(Photo credit: Jason Mandella)

Rico Gatson in his studio, 2020, Brooklyn, NY
(Photo credit: Jason Mandella)

RICO GATSON (b. 1966 in Augusta, GA) received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Bethel College in 1989 and his Master of Fine Arts from Yale School of Art in 1991. He completed the Franconia Sculpture Part Artist Residency in 1998 and was the Ginsberg Artist in Residence at the Wright Museum of Art, Beloit College in 2013.

Recent solo exhibitions include Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL (forthcoming); Scott Miller Projects, Birmingham, AL (forthcoming); Miles McEnery Gallery, New York, NY; “My Eyes Have Seen,” Ronald Feldman Gallery, New York, NY; “Rico Gatson: 2007-2017,” The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY; “Power Lines,” Samsøñ Projects, Boston, MA; “Rico Gatson: When She Speaks,” Studio 10, Brooklyn, NY; “The Promise of Light,” Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York, NY; “2013 Ginsberg Artist in Residence: Rico Gatson,” Wright Museum of Art, Beloit College, Beloit, WI; “RICO GATSON: Three Trips Around the Block,” Exit Art, New York, NY; “History Lessons,” Suzanne Lemberg Usdan Gallery, Bennington College, Bennington, VT; “Dark Matter,” Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York, NY; “Black Magic/Black Power,” Steve Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA; Pocket Utopia, Brooklyn, NY; Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN; “African Fractals,” Cheekwood Museum of Art, Nashville, TN; “Meditations on Race and Religion,” Olson Gallery, Bethel University, St. Paul, MN, and “History Lessons / Clandestine,” Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York, NY.

Recent group exhibitions include “Rico Gatson & Cydne Jasmin Coleby,” Galerie Julien Cadet, Paris, France (forthcoming); “GEOMETRIES” (curated by Damien Davis), Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art, New York, NY; “Singing in Unison” (organized by Rail Curatorial Projects, curated by Phong Bui), New York, NY; “Cosmic Geometries,” The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Project Space, New York, NY; “Annotations & Improvisations” (curated by Kristen Becker), Miles McEnery Gallery, New York, NY; “Black American Portraits” (curated by Christine Y. Kim), Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; “Sacred Spaces: Art and Spirituality at the Fourth Universalist Society in the City of New York,” Fourth Universalist Society in the City of New York, New York, NY; “Recognition and Response: Rico Gatson and David Huffman,” Miles McEnery Gallery at The Armory Show, New York, NY; “Dialogues in African American Abstract Painting” (curated by Dr. Beth Hinderliter), Duke Gallery of Fine Art, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA; “Re:Growth, A Celebration of Art, Riverside Park, and the New York Spirit” (curated by Karin Bravin), New York, NY;  “Visions and Nightmares,” Simone Subal Gallery, New York, NY; “Naked in Brooklyn,” Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY; and “Wood, Works: Raw, Cut, Carved, Covered,” Sperone Westwater, New York, NY.

His work is included in the collections of the Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL; Cheekwood Museum of Art, Nashville, TN; Denver Art Museum, Denver CO; Kempner Museum, Kansas City, MO; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; Malcolm X Institute, Wabash College, Crawfordsville, IN; Mead Art Museum, Amherst, MA; Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN; Peter Norton Family Foundation, Santa Monica, CA; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C.; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY, and the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT.

He is the recipient of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Biennial Award for Visual Artists; Prized Pieces Video Award from the National Black Programming Consortium; Oil Bar Ltd. Award for Excellence in Sculpture from Yale School of Art, and the Pew Charitable Trust Graduate Fellowship.

Gatson lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.