Todd Trexler - Biography
Todd Trexler was born on the fourth of July 1943 in a small town in Ohio. He was the son of a protestant minister and the church choir director. His family moved to Massachusetts where he attended grade school at the Smith College Day School in Northampton. In 1957 his family moved to San Mateo, California, on the San Francisco Peninsula where Todd attended San Mateo High School. Todd graduated from San Francisco State with a bachelor’s degree in Art History. In 1972 he completes a master’s degree in Sculpture.
Art jobs in San Francisco included Joseph Magnin (display and graphic design for display department.), and Liberty House Mainland Headquarters in Oakland. Display and design of display in the City of Paris store on Union Square and new stores in Oregon and Washington. In 1971 Todd's sculpture was accepted into San Francisco Art Institute’s juried Centennial Exhibition and shown at the M.H. deYoung Museum. In 1972 he earned a Masters of Art in Sculpture from San Francisco State University and had a one-man show at the Upper Market Street Gallery.
In 1979, Todd moved to the Monterey Peninsula and returned to school. He became a registered nurse and took a job at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula. While still in nursing school in 1982, he cared for the first GRID patient in the area. A few years later he received a masters degree in public health and worked for a NIH program administered by UCSF doing AIDS education with an Infectious Disease physician in the area. In 1994, he presented his thesis work at a National AIDS Education and Training Centers conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
In 1998, he retired and moved to Puerto Vallarta. He returned to Monterey in 2001 and was contacted by Strange de Jim about Jim’s Castro Street book. It was the first time in a long while Todd had thought much about his San Francisco days, and these thoughts eventually led to the idea of resurrecting and publishing the posters. The project has brought back so many amazing memories and it's been a gift to reconnect with old friends and acquaintances from the late 60's and early 70's. His San Francisco Days -- crafting assemblage sculptures from gems found at Cliff's Variety Store, hand drawing the posters in his flat at 584B Castro Street, smoking weed with Sebastian & Skosh, and hanging out at The Palace and with his friends at The Upper Market Street Gallery -- were all magical.
Todd currently resides in Seaside, CA on the Monterey peninsula.
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