Born in Detroit, Michigan in 1952, Marco Livingstone studied at the University of Toronto, graduating in 1974. In the same year, Livingstone moved to the U.K. and began studying an MA at the Courtauld Institute of Art. An art historian and independent curator, Livingstone has produced publications on Pop Art, David Hockney, Patrick Caulfield, R.B. Kitaj, Allen Jones, Paula Rego and many others. Livingstone was Deputy Director of the Museum of Modern Art in Oxford from 1982 to 1986 and Deputy Editor of the Grove Dictionary of Art from 1986 to 1991. As his career in the art world blossomed, Livingstone quietly took up drawing and painting himself. Livingstone's self-portrait was acquired by Ruth Borchard Collection in 2015.
Livingstone's drawings and paintings are almost exclusively from life. His subjects are primarily figurative, particularly family, friends and strangers who become friends. To Livingstone, anyone is a legitimate subject for his art. Livingstone's art is primarily interested in the gap between the body and the mind and how this manifests visually.
Livingstone's self-portrait Angel or Devil shows the artist stepping away from his usual media, painting himself in oil on a dartboard, his nose the central target.