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Rico Gatson

2016 Open Studio Fellowship Artist

Untitled (Vertical Lines)

8’ x 8’ x 4’
Wood and industrial latex paint

Artist Statement

Rico Gatson is a Brooklyn based artist who works in mixed media. His work is concerned with pattern, accumulation, identity politics, spirituality, history and beauty. His barn quilt is an abstract painting in a color palette associated with African Flags or a Black Nationalist sensibility.

Rico Gatson


Born:  Augusta, GA, 1966
Resides: Brooklyn, NY

• MFA, Sculpture, Yale School of Art, 1991
• BA, Studio Art, Bethel College, 1989

Selected Exhibitions
• Power Lines, Samson Gallery, Boston, MA, 2016
• When She Speaks, Studio 10 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, 2015
• The Promise of Light, Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York, NY, 2013

Selected Awards
• Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Biennial Award for Visual Artists
• Oil Bar Ltd., Award for Excellence in Sculpture, Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT, 1991
• Pew Charitable Trust Graduate Fellowship, 1990

Selected Collections
• American Museum of Art at The Smithsonian, Washington, D.C.
• Bethel College, St. Paul, MN
• Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO