Rico Gatson is a Brooklyn-based artist whose work addresses identity politics, the history of race, entertainment and spirituality. He is celebrated for his politically astute works rooted in important moments in history. Subjects include the Watts rebellion, The Black Panthers and the election of President Obama. Gatson fluidly works across disciplines including sculpture, painting, video and installation. He prefers not to be defined by a single medium, rather allowing ideas to guide the direction of the work.
Image rights: Courtesy of the artist and Ronald Feldman Fine Art
About Rico Gatson
Over the course of almost two decades, Rico Gatson has become celebrated for his confrontational and politically opinionated artworks, often based on significant moments in black history. Images of riots, fires, and confinement pervade his works, which have touched on a range of subjects like the Watts Riots, the presidential election of Barack Obama, and the formation of the Black Panthers. As Gatson once said: “I’m always interested in seducing the viewer and then hitting them on the way out, allowing a delayed response to powerfully charged content.” Even though he uses painting, video, sculpture and installation, Gatson prefers not to be defined by any single medium, rather thinking of himself as an object maker inspired by Conceptualism and Performance Art.
American, b. 1966, Augusta, Georgia, based in Brooklyn, New York