Matt Gatton was born in Europe (1967), raised in North America, and performed his graduate studies in Asia.
Gatton is a pioneer of photo-sculpture as fine art medium, having worked in the field since the 1980s. During his time in New York in the early 1990s, Gatton’s photo-sculpture work brought him into contact with many important art world figures, including Chuck Close, Richard Avedon, and Duane Michals. Gatton has also collaborated with noted conceptual artist Judy Freya Sibayan (under the curatorial direction of Hou Hanru and Hans-Ulrich Obrist).
Gatton has exhibited extensively, including works in the Hayward Gallery, London, UK, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki Finland, and PS1 Contemporary Arts Center, New York, USA, and the Ayala Museum, Manila, Philippines.
The artist is known in the wider world for his theoretical work. He has written on the origins of art for the Festschrift of renowned Oxford art historian and da Vinci expert, Martin Kemp. Gatton has lectured at the Institute of Archaeology at Oxford and other august European institutions. A large arts festival in Belgium was themed on Gatton’s art origin theory, which was also presented by Neil deGrasse Tyson on Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. Gatton’s work on optics in ancient Greek religious rituals is due out on Oxford University Press later this year. He is also among the credited founders of the field of Archaeo-optics. “With all the intellectual bona fides,” curator Naomi Stuecker says, “it’s easy to forget that Matt Gatton is, first and foremost, a stunningly talented artist.”