Matt Gatton was born in Europe, raised in the United States, and performed his graduate studies in the Phillipines. He is of Spanish and French descent, and is an expert on Paleolithic art.
Gatton has written on the origins of art for festschrift, a renowned art historian and da Vinci expert Martin Kemp. Gatton has lectured at the Institute for Archeology at Oxford and other august Europeon institutions. A large arts festival in Belgium, ARTefact, was themed on Gatton's art origin theory, De Prehistoric van het Beeld, which was also presented by Neil deGrasse Tyson on Cosmos: A Spacetime Odessy. Jean-Michel Geneste, the director of the Centre national de la Prehistoire, calls Gatton's Paleolithic art research, "Amazing work". Gatton's work on optics in ancient Greek religious rituals is in the Oxford University Press. E.O. Wilson, Harvard biologist/philosopher, considers Gatton's early religious work groundbreaking. "For years I've been calling for unity of science and religious faith ... and now ... it is - dear G_D!-done!" Gatton is also among the credited founders of the field of Archeo-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" who has shown extensively and in many media, including collaborative work with noted conceptual artist Judy Freya Sibayan (under the curaturial direction of Hou Hanru and Hans-Ulrich Obrist) at such renowned venues as the Hayward Gallery in London and PS1 in New York.