Mike Taylor

(American, born 1947)

African-American artist and Professor Mike Taylor creates minimalist abstract paintings, drawings, and sculpture informed by his background in design and communications. Forms and symbols in his work draw on his African heritage while commenting on racial stereotypes and class dynamics. Born in Houston, Texas, he moved at age ten to Los Angeles, California. He received a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Design, and a Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Communication from the University of California, Los Angeles. After working in commercial design, he moved to Nairobi, Kenya where he taught at the University level for three years. He later taught at Western Kentucky University. He served as Professor of Art at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon from 1982 until his retirement in 2003.