Todji Kurtzman was born in San Francisco California in 1970, and grew up as the son of an architect and interior designer in Tiburon CA. His sculptures are known across North and South America and Asia for their sublime expression, archetypal form, and signature style with perspective.
He began sculpting as a child and graduated with a degree in art from the University of California Santa Barbara. He lived in San Francisco, New York City, and married and lived in Rio de Janeiro Brazil. He and his wife currently live in Portland Oregon, and they work together as a team.
Todji’s monumental and pedestal sculptures are held in collections in the US, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Peru, France and Thailand. Todji is also a musician and has played Brazilian drums with several bands for audiences up to 40,000 during Carnival in Rio de Janeiro.
He exhibited his sculptures for eight consecutive years at Burning Man, also Art Basel Miami, The New Orleans Jazz Festival, The Sundance Film Festival, many west coast music festivals and annual charity events.
His work can currently be seen in sculpture parks, public parks, and private collections on at least 4 continents.
Todji’s interest in sculpture began as a child and following graduation from art school he began a ten year career in the clay animation industry as an intern on the stop-motion animated feature film “James and the Giant Peach.” As a stop motion animator and animation director he produced high end animation for ABC, AOL, Disney, ESPN, HBO, FOX, MTV, NBA, UPN, WB, HBO and Saturday Night Live, working in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Montreal and Portland OR.
As an independent filmmaker, his collaborative animated films were official selections of the Cannes, Sundance, Annecy and Smithsonian Institution film festivals with television broadcast in seven European nations, Africa, Japan and HBO.
In 2000 Todji changed careers to develop his vision through fine art sculpture. A personal journey of self-realization accompanied the development of his sculpture from local pedestal scale sculptures to international bronze monuments.
Todji holds a Bachelor degree in Art from the University of California Santa Barbara, speaks Brazilian Portuguese and Spanish, has additionally studied at the New York Academy of Art, and taught at the Art Institute of Portland.
Thank you for your interest in Todji’s work. It is patronage that has kept Todji working as an artist for twenty six years, and for that he is deeply grateful.