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In the world of painting, I hope for the viewer to find personal moments of quiet reflection and bursts of exuberant vitality. It is a mirror to the myriad facets of existence, a testament to the power of art to move, inspire, and provoke thought ―Toni Gates


Toni Gates’ artistic journey began in childhood with the simple act of coloring, which evolved into a profound meditative practice. With an astute eye for detail in her surroundings and a deep understanding of human emotions, she developed a profound respect for the interplay of shared experiences and individual intricacies. This reverence serves as the driving force behind her artistic mission: to cultivate unity amidst diversity and to celebrate the sanctuaries we find in our homes and the natural world.

In her abstract art practice, Toni employs vibrant color palettes, recurring depictions of trees, and encompassing circles. These elements act as symbolic channels, encapsulating ideals of equality, justice, growth, unity, and transformation on both a worldly and spiritual level. Having received formal instruction under the guidance of a graduate from the KC Art Institute, Toni further refined her skills through adult community figure drawing and still life classes. In addition to her visual arts education, she holds a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Music Education (K-12) and a Master’s in Choral Conducting.

As a dedicated member of the African American Artists Collective Kansas City and the Kansas City Artists Coalition, Toni’s art serves as a vessel not only for creation, but also for connection, inspiration, and the elevation of the human experience.


Member since June 2022

The mission of the African American Artists Collective is to support African American and Black artists in Kansas City, regionally and nationally.
The Collective will meet its mission by being a catalyst to: 
  • Advocating for African American and Black Artists in Kansas City Regionally and Nationally
  • Advancing & Encouraging African American and Black Arts Professional Development
  • Share Networking Opportunities and Provide Peer Support

Member since June 2022

The Kansas City Artists Coalition (KCAC) is a nonprofit organization that supports the professional growth of artists and promotes arts awareness in Kansas City region.  The Artists Coalition carries out its mission with proactive efforts to embrace differences of culture, ethnicity, race, religion, international origin, sexual orientation, physical abilities, socio-economic status, age, and gender.

Toni Gates

Toni Gates is a self-taught visual artist born and raised in Kansas City. She uses mixed media to create abstract paintings and collage work.


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