Born in Spanish Town, Jamaica in 1993 to a shopkeeper and an auto mechanic, Richard Nattoo has always had an interest in colour, texture, form and shape. Not having a positive outlet in the community for his expression, Richard kept his love of art to himself and incubated his varied influences to create a style all his own.
When he began to experiment with his art style he found his first outlet designing sticker decals for the flamboyant coaster busses that ferried the Portmore and Spanish Town routes. Receiving much acclaim in his community and among the bus owners and operators; this foray gave him the confidence to push his art further and really develop his own style.
During his tenure at Ardenne High school his art teachers would expose him to art and art styles from around the world and give him a deeper understanding of local art luminaries. This would spur him to begin his career as a fine artist, creating works differing wildly in theme, content, style and medium.
A young artist that has been exhibiting his work since 2012; In that time, he has garnered much acclaim for his surreal dreamlike creations that explore human emotions on a raw cerebral level. The world that he creates represents what we all go through as human beings searching through life. The tumultuous yet common inner space that we build with our hopes, dreams and fears. He does this through a variety of mediums including watercolour, glass, pen and ink.
He has entered and been successful in several of the National Gallery’s premier exhibitions: Jamaica Biennial (2014), Young Talent (2015), and Digital (2016) exhibitions. As well as being a regular contributor to the Kingston on the Edge festival since 2012; most notably Explorations II (2015). His most recent exhibition, Lost in the Echo (2016) continued his exploration of these themes like chapters in a book, unfolding piece by piece.
Nattoo is a recent graduate of the School of Architecture at the University of Technology Jamaica. He uses the skill and competencies gained through his education, to bolster his own work giving them a precision and direction little seen in the local art landscape.