Following his degree in English at Cambridge, Marcus Rees Roberts went on to study Film Theory at the Slade School of Fine Art, where he wrote his thesis on German Expressionist Cinema. He went on to complete a second post-graduate course in Printmaking at the Slade and in 1977 was awarded the Slade Prize and appointed assistant in printmaking. In 1980 he moved to Scotland to lecture at Edinburgh College of Art. In 1982 he was appointed Visiting Professor at the University of Central Florida and in 1989 as Lecturer in charge of Printmaking at Edinburgh College of Art, a post he held until 1995, when he returned to live and work in London.
Rees Roberts has exhibited in the UK and abroad; venues include the Portland Art Museum (International Print Exhibition), Oregon; University of Central Florida, Orlando; Hodges Taylor Gallery, Charlotte, North Carolina; The Slade Gallery, London; The Strang Print Room at University College London; Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery; Steven Harris, New York City; New York Print Fair at the Park Avenue Armory, The London Original Print Fair at the Royal Academy of Arts; The Sussex Barn Art Gallery at West Dean College; Edition: 100 years of British Printmaking at the SW1 Gallery, London; Studio 3 Gallery, University of Kent at Canterbury.
His work is in a number of collections, including: British Museum; Victoria and Albert Museum; University College London; Ashmolean Museum, Oxford; Blackburn Museum; Scottish Arts Council; Pallant House Gallery, Chichester; Chichester University.