Originally, Rolf Toman wanted to become a teacher but he spent the years following his second state exam working as a publishing editor at a large international publishing house. From 1992 onwards, he worked as an independent publisher for various international publishing houses.
Publications on art history epochs were at the center of his work. The book Monasteries and Monastic Orders was a precursor to his most comprehensive work to date, Ars Sacra. By h.f.ullmann he has publsihed the books Potsdam, Baroque, Gothic, Provence, Vienna, Romanesque, Neoclassicism and Romanticism and The Art of the Italian Renaissance. Rolf Toman lives and works in southern France.