Marie Tomanova was born in the former Czechoslovakia and grew up in the small border town of Mikulov in South Moravia. She received BFA in Studio Art from Masaryk University in 2007 and MFA in Painting from Faculty of Fine Arts at University of Technology, Czech Republic in 2010. She currently lives and works in NYC. Her work addresses issues of place, displacement, memory, identity, gender, and community through photography, film, and installation. Her critically acclaimed first monograph Young American, with introduction by photographer Ryan McGinley, was published in March 2019 by Paradigm Publishing. Her second monograph in conjunction with art historian Thomas Beachdel, New York New York, with Foreword by Kim Gordon, was published in 2021 by Hatje Cantz. Her third monograph, It Was Once My Universe, with Foreword by Lucy Sante will be published September 2022 by Super Labo Publishing.
Tomanova was selected for the prestigious 2021 Louis Roederer Discovery Award at the Rencontres d’Arles (France), and has exhibited internationally at Tschechisches Zentrum Berlin for European Month of Photography (Germany), Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival (China), C24 Gallery (New York), SO1 Gallery (Japan), Museum of Modern Art (Georgia), Czech Centre London (UK), among others. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, New York Magazine, British Journal of Photography, Forbes, Vogue, i-D, VICE, Popeye, Ima Magazine, Grind, Ginza, Lula Japan, Document Journal, Interview, Hyperallergic, GQ, Dazed, Purple, Numero, The Face, and others.