Born in Pine Bluff Arkansas,  Ariston Jacks currently lives and works in Baltimore, MD. After serving six years in the U.S. Navy, he completed a Bachelor of Science degree from the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. As a Freshman, he designed the official sports logo still in use today.

Later he earned a Master of Art degree in studio painting / printmaking from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Jacks’ has served as University faculty as well as Art Director for the Creative Expressions Program at the Arkansas State Hospital. This revolutionary Psychiatric Art Program positively impacted the lives of Arkansans by empowering individuals living with mental illness through the visual arts.

Currently he is a full time studio assistant for a major artist, and continues to create his own work which has exhibited at the international level. Recently Ariston’s work was featured in Elizabeth Catlett: Points of Contact Exhibition at SCAD Museum of Art and also PRIZM Art Fair, during Art Basel.

His works are included in numerous, private and public collections such as the Mosaic Templar’s Museum, African American Museum of Dallas, and the Wingate Foundation Collection.