Toya Beacham is a multi-disciplinary artist and writer who was born in Nuremberg, Germany. Far from her family’s North Florida origins, her most formative and memorable years were spent in the suburbs of Washington DC with her parents and two younger brothers. Primarily self-taught, Toya was always the “doodler” in grade school and thrived in her public school art classes, but didn't understand the transformative power of creativity until much later in life. She attended the University of Florida where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology in 2007 and promptly began a career in social work. In 2011 she made the switch to education, and began teaching grades K-8. It is through these hundreds of loving interactions with children that her spark for creativity was reignited. Toya credits the classroom and her incredible students for reanimating her curious and imaginative inner-child.
Toya’s inspiration is gifted by the audaciousness and strength depicted in the works of Toni Morrison and Faith Ringgold. These foremothers’ feirce reclamation of Black feminist empowerment are major themes in Toya’s oil and acrylic portraiture. Toya seeks to upend Eurocentric beauty standards with images that "showcase just how beautiful Blackness has always been."
Toya is currently a full-time artist, living and working out of Atlanta, GA.