Michael Todd

”In my work there is a strong Asian influence from Japanese Zen and Chinese calligraphy, as well as a clear debt to Arshile Gorky and the abstract expressionists, Kline and DeKooning. I try to humanize geometry and minimalism to give it emotional weight. My circular pieces are like echoes of the cosmos. They represent the expanding universe and chaos, the Ying and the Yang. Making circles in wood, metal, and now clay is a continuing challenge.”

Michael Todd


Michael Todd  (1935)

The artist was born in 1935 in  Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.A. He got higher education from  University of Notre Dame, Indiana in 1959 and  University of California, Los Angeles, 1961



Woodrow Wilson Fellowship
Fulbright Fellowship to Paris, France
National Endowment for the Arts


Whitney Museum of American Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden 
Norton Simon Museum
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Oakland Museum of California
San Diego Museum of Art
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
San Jose  Museum of Art

Michael Todd has been a fixture in the world of sculpture since his first solo show at Pace Gallery in 1964. He has exhibited in New York, Chicago, Washington DC, Detroit, San Francisco, San Diego, Palm Springs.

The artist is best known  for his manipulation of steel and bronze assembled sculptures that are literally and metaphorically based on the circle and other geometrical variations.  His sculptures have been often described as "drawings in steel".

The artist lives and works in Los Angeles.