Tokie Rome-Taylor is a native of Atlanta, GA. She earned her B.A. in Art Education from Morris Brown College, studying with Fred Ajanogha, Lee Ransaw and Christopher Hickey among others. She subsequently earned both a Masters and Specialist from Lesley University in Curriculum and Technology. Tokie is currently a Visual Arts teacher for Atlanta Public Schools and has been an artist for over 20 years. Her medium of choice is photography, exploring figure through the use of portraiture. Her artwork has ranged from capturing African American empowerment in individuals such as Coretta Scott King, to narrative surreal portraiture. She draws inspiration and influence from an eclectic range of time periods, artists, and cultures. Key influencers are Old Renaissance Master painters, Dutch photographers Gemmy Woud-Binnendijk and Ruud Van Empel, and Harlem Renaissance photographer James Van Der Zee. She is additionally influenced by a love of culture and vintage artifacts/clothing. Her fine art portraiture and narrative surreal portraits have been featured in several galleries and shows including the Zuckerman Gallery, Callanwolde Fine Art Center, Photo Buckhead, The Atlanta Airport Photography Exhibit, the ArtXchange and the Mable House Art Center. She has been featured in several magazines and has a solo show forthcoming at Maloof Gallery in 2020. Here commissioned work is held in several private collections as well as by the Fulton County Arts Council. She has five bright, beautiful children, a wonderful husband, and a love of science fiction and learning new things.

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