Gabriel Liston was born in San Antonio, Texas and raised in Western Colorado. He studied painting there, in Denver, and in Portland, Oregon, receiving a BFA from Pacific Northwest College of Art in 1998. Liston's work has been exhibited in many group and solo shows in Oregon and Colorado since 1994.
Working from a large collection of sketchbooks and oil studies, he constructs pictures of children engaged at the intersection of place, light, and culture. About his work, Gabriel says: "I paint pictures of children taking the world apart from the inside-out in those places where the world shows its seams."