The youngest of a family of four I was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on July 17, 1960. I migrated to the United States in August 1980. I attended Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey where I earned my BFA in 1985 and my MFA in 1987. As a graduate student I was awarded a Teaching Assistant position to teach Photo 1 for two years. I was very privileged to study under some very prominent artists such as Leon Golub, Melvin Edwards, Ema Amos, Joan Sammel, Martha Rostler, Sandy Fellman, Lloyd Mc Neil to name a few. I have shown my work in New York, New jersey, California, Georgia and Haiti. I am currently an art teacher in the Irvington School District.
My art can be described as contemporary and categorized as socio-realism. Current issues that we as a society grapples with are dominant forces in my work. Yet, there are still elements of surrealism in my narrative. This tapestry helps in the juxtaposition of shapes and colors and gives me the liberty to be as ambiguous as I may want to be without compromising neither my form nor my content.
Art is my safest venue to convey my thoughts and feelings with no fear and no reservation. My role as an artist is to visually challenge my viewers and engage them in a civil discourse that goes beyond the visual. Art is an integral part of my everyday life. It echoes my perception of life.
Marc-Antoine Gaston, earned an MFA at Rutgers University in 1987, where he studied with Martha and Melvin Edwards. His work encompasses many of the political issues surrounding Haiti and the United States. It combines a realist academic style with surrealist abstraction. He has held exhibitions at Montclair State College, New Jersey, the Black & White In Color Gallery in the Bronx and Walter Hall Gallery at Rutgers University, New Jersey. Gaston is currently a painting instructor at Union Township Adult School in New Jersey.