Ariston Jacks creates a precise and decisive swath through the world of fine art. His multimedia images serve as collages that combine ancient African culture, American culture, and the social phenomena of the 21st century.

Native to Pine Bluff, Arkansas, art has been Ariston's childhood landscape matriculating into adulthood. He won regional art competitions before even entering middle grades. After serving six years in the U.S. Navy, Jacks returned to Arkansas and in 2002 completed a B.S. degree from the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. He designed the UAPB mascot logo and was one of 3 finalists for the state of Arkansas quarter design competition. In addition, he did professional photography for the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service for 6 years. In 2008, Jacks earned a M.A. degree in studio painting from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and currently serves as the Art Coordinator for the Creative Expressions Program at the Arkansas State Hospital. The State Program positively impacts the lives of Arkansans and seeks to raise awareness for individuals living with mental illness through the visual arts. The art program serves the entire psychiatric hospital facility through 13 weekly classes that empower individuals by providing instruction as well as visual art exhibition opportunities in the Little Rock & North Little Rock community.

Primarily exploring Africa and Europe, Ariston has traveled extensively to inform his cross- cultural aesthetic. Using painting, printmaking, and photography, he creates images that inform others of an outlook that is void of ethnocentric perspectives regarding global stereotypes. Ariston Jacks' use of mathematical equations, cultural icons, metaphysical philosophy, and mixing luminescent powder with acrylic paint are where the uniqueness in his artwork rests. Conciliating darkness and light, "alter images" become visible when his works are removed from light.

Jacks' exhibitions include the 2011 Drawing Resurfaced, National Contemporary Drawing Exhibition, Purdue University, West Lafayette IN, 2010 Virtual F3B Photo Exhibition, Alcatel Headquarters, Paris, France, the 2009 15th Annual Actors’ Theatre Exhibition, Actor’s Theatre, Louisville KY (Mellen-Oberst Merit Award Winner) the 2007 Fresh Beginnings Series: Intuitive Disclosure, African-American Museum Dallas TX, the Visual Narrative at Historic Arkansas Museum, Little Rock AR, the Richard at 100 Exhibition, National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis TN, and the 2005 21st Caroll Harris Simms National Black Art Competition/Exhibition, Dallas TX.

Ariston Jacks has taught art classes at the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff as well as conducted community art workshops as co-founder of the V.I.T.A.L. Artist’s Collective and served as featured artist for a number of public school art programs and organization fundraisers.

His works are included in over 67 government, corporate and private collections including the Mosaic Templar’s Museum, African American Museum of Dallas, Johnson & Johnson, and Alcatel Lucent Corporations. His talents have been chronicled in the Arkansas Times, Dallas Morning News, Dallas Observer, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and the Pine Bluff Commercial.