Mark Thomas Gibson's personal lens on American culture stems from his multipartite viewpoint as an artist-as a black male, a professor, and an American history buff. These myriad and often colliding perspectives fuel his exploration of contemporary culture through languages of painting and the comic book vernacular, revealing a vision of a dystopic America where every viewer is implicated as a potential character within the story.
 

Mark Thomas Gibson (b. 1980, Miami, FL) received his BFA from The Cooper Union in 2002 and his MFA from Yale University School of Art in 2013. Gibson was awarded the 2022 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. He is also the 2021 recipient of the Pew Fellowship from the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage in Philadelphia, and received the Lewis Center for the Arts Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University the same year. The artist's work was most recently on view in Shifting Gaze: A Reconstruction of the Black and Hispanic Body in Contemporary Art, Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art at Virginia Beach, and THIS IS AMERICA at Kunstraum Potsdam in Germany. Other recent group show venues include the Contemporary Art Museum, University of South Florida, Tampa; Gladstone Gallery, New York, and Jeffrey Deitch in New York. In 2016, Gibson co-curated the traveling exhibition Black Pulp! with William Villalongo at the Yale School of Art. The show examined evolving perspectives of Black identity in American culture and history from 1912 to 2016, and garnered reviews in The New York Times and Art in America. Gibson's first publication, Some Monsters Loom Large, was released in 2016. His second book Early Retirement was published a year later with Edition Patrick Frey in Zurich and was acquired by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Mark Thomas Gibson teaches at Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University and lives and works in Philadelphia, PA.