Born in Martinique and educated in France, Marc Latamie earned a degree in art history and visual art from the University of Paris VIII. A prolific contemporary artist, he spent the first decade of his career as a Lecturer at the Centre Pompidou, France's national museum of modern art. Between 1977 and 1986, Marc Latamie assisted with many major exhibitions at the museum, including shows featuring Dali, Chagall, and Pollock. He also lectured regularly at the École du Louvre and, in 1986, the French government presented him with the "Villa Medicis Hors-les-Murs" award. Since moving to New York City in 1987, Marc Latamie has shown his installations in museums and institutions around the globe. Over the last 25 years, several editors have also featured his artwork in anthologies examining Caribbean art, globalization, and nostalgia. In 2004, his work appeared in the book “Contemporary Art and Ideas in an Era of Globalisation” edited by Gilane Tawadros. Mr. Latamie also contributed his work to Gert Oostindie's book, “Facing Up to the Past: Perspectives on the Commemoration of Slavery from Africa, the Americas and Europe.” Today, Marc Latamie continues to serve as a Visiting Scholar at New York University and has lectured at art schools across Europe and the United States. He has accepted invitations to speak at such renowned institutions as Columbia University, Harvard University, and the University of Massachusetts in Boston. Currently, Mr. Latamie is preparing for his upcoming exhibition, "For Rent." Opening May 17, 2012, this show will feature an absinthe distillery installation that Marc Latamie designed to examine post-colonial memories from Martinique. He received grants from both the New York State Council on the Arts and étant donnés: The French-American Fund for Contemporary Art to fund his work for this show.