Timothy Randle Collins was born on November 5, 1961 in Chicago, Illinois. Timothy showed promise in his artistic abilities and in 1974, he was enrolled in the Gifted Art Program at WiIIiam H. Ray Elementary School. While in high school, during the years of 1978 to 1979, Mr. Collins was selected to become a member of Pier Group, a inner-city Artist in Residence Program sponsored by the Chicago Council on Fine Art based at Navy Pier.
Timothy R. Collins attended Parsons School of Design (New York, NY), Art under on One Roof (Florence, Italy), and The School of the Art Institute (Chicago, IL). His work has been exhibited at the New York Public Library (New York, NY.), Galleria Forum lnterArt, (Rome, Italy); The Blank Center for the Arts, (Michigan City, IN.); Tara Peck, (Portsmouth, NH.).
Mr. Collins artwork has been displayed in solo and group exhibitions in Chicago, including The Beverly Art Center, Gallery Guichard, University of Illinois at Chicago, The Museum of Science and Industry, and Gallery 312. He has received awards and grants, including The Citation Award from Black Creativity (Museum of Science and Industry), The Best of Show from The Beer Art Competition (Beverly Art Center), both awards received for his work called "Emmet Till, Wolf Whistle: Before and After". A CAAP Grant from the Department of Cultural Affairs (Chicago, IL) and the IAS-PO Grant from the Illinois Arts Council (Chicago, IL.)
Timothy enjoys experimenting with different techniques and utilizing various materials to achieve the desired effect. He's worked with oil, acrylic, watercolor, gouache, and uses color, texture, energy, to communicate his vision. A vision of the urban existence, of the seen and not seen.