William Toliver spent more than 38 of his 48 years perfecting his skill as an artist. William’s passion for art began at the age of seven, while shadowing, his mother conducted art contests between herself, Tolliver and his older brother; to see who could draw the best. Although his brothers’ interest in art waned, however, William’s did not. In the spring of 1991, William relocated from Lafayette, LA to Atlanta, Georgia to pursue art full-time. After several successful years as an artist, William became the first African-American to open an art gallery in the district of Buckhead in Atlanta, Ga.
Among his many achievements, Tolliver’s works have travelled with the Smithsonian Museum of Art, and he was commissioned by the Olympic Games Committee to create a piece, depicting the “Spirit of Georgia”; for the 1996 Olympic Games held in Atlanta, GA. “Art demands a response, whether it’s good or bad”; that was Tolliver’s objective. When looking at his work, one is sure to respond to the artist’s creative and vivid use of colors, his composition, lines or subject. In all of those areas, he demonstrated the “God Given” talent that he discovered early in life.