R. Jackson is a pop artist, designer and educator. For over ten years, he has been exhibiting art internationally with the Miami Design District’s Diaspora Vibe Gallery. As a New World School of the Arts student, R. Jackson became a YoungArts finalist and won level one. This made him a presidential scholar nominee in 1990. He graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art at the top of his class, with a Thalheimer full merit scholarship in 1994. It was in 1995, however, while teaching at a preschool in Sudbury, Massachusetts, that Jackson found a split basketball with the word “Rocket” on it. He turned the ball into a puppet, and his wife Yolande brought the character to life by creating the puppet’s story and giving him the name Rocko Rocket. Mr. Jackson is currently the Director and Resident Curator at KROMA.