Tokie Rome-Taylor is an award winning visual artist based in Atlanta, GA. who earned her B.A. from Morris Brown College, studying with the likes of Fred Ajanogha, Frank T. Martin, Lee Ransaw, and Christopher Hickey, amongst others. She went on to earn both a Masters and Specialist from Lesley University. While versed in a wide range of mediums, she primarily creates using photography, Her photography career began early, where at the age of 18, she was given the honor of creating portraits of Coretta Scott King for the book, The Many Faces of Sweet Auburn. Rome-Taylors' work explores family, identity, time, memory. She draws inspiration and influence from an eclectic range of time periods, artists, and cultures. Key influencers are Old Renaissance Master painters,along with Harlem Renaissance photographer James Van Der Zee and afro-futurism/afro-surrealism . She is additionally influenced by a love of culture, and vintage artifacts/clothing.
Rome-Taylor's work has been published in Behind the Shutter Magazine as well as Art-iculate Magazine. She has been featured on several podcasts discussing her practice including StudioNoize and National Black Arts Festival:ReImagined. She was shortlisted for a TILA fellowship and is a Funds for Teachers Fellowship recipient, studying photography in Santa Fe, New Mexico and in San Francisco, California. She is an Honorable Mention recipient for the International Photography Awards (2019)- sponsored by the Lucie Foundation. She is a 2019 recipients of the 2019 Virginia Twinam Smith Purchase Award.
Rome-Taylor’s portraits have been featured in several museums, galleries and exhibitions including the Masur Museum (LA), ArtFields (SC), Johns Creek Art Center, (GA) The High Rise Exhibition (GA), Emerging Photographers Exhibition curated by Mechi Mecho (GA), Zuckerman Museum of Art (GA), Auburn Research Library (GA), Callanwolde Fine Arts Center (GA) Hartsfield Jackson International Airport (GA), the ArtXchange (GA) and Alan Avery Selects: APG Gallery Show (GA).
Taylor's work is held in several private collections as well as by the Fulton County Arts Council and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Georgia.
She has five bright, beautiful children, a wonderful husband, a love of science fiction and learning new things.