Born Melbourne, Australia, 1950.
In 1984, after teaching in Victoria, Geoff Todd traveled across Australia to Maningrida in Arnhem Land where he worked with Aboriginal artists for more than two years. While the experience stimulated a new direction in his painting, it also sparked a desire to experience and observe other cultures beyond Australia. He continued to move around the tropical top end to Batchelor, where he lectured in Art at the College and later Darwin at Charles Darwin University where he lectured in Sculpture and Drawing.
During this period in the Top End he made regular journeys to Indonesia which became an inspirational place to work, finding the Indonesian’s were committed to life, religion, festival and art, which suited an artist who has always used the human form as an integral role in his work. He ventured further to work and exhibit in Europe and continues to travel overseas regularly, pursuing opportunities to paint and exhibit with time, space & renewed inspiration.
His genres include portraiture, sculpture, painting and drawing. His concern for human rights issues is evident in much of his work including a campaign against the death sentence for the infamous Bali nine and other extreme injustices brought upon Indigenous Australians. Throughout his career he has worked with authors, poets & publishers and collaborated with fashion designers.
Along with many public and private collectors of his work, in Australia he is represented in the public collections of Canberra’s Australian National Gallery, the Australian National Library of Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria, the State Library of Victoria, the Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, and many more regional and international institutions.
In 2019 he was awarded an AM for significant services to art and sculpture.