Irving Toddy is Bit’aanii (Folded Arms) born for Ta’chii nii naa naash te’zhii (Red Streak Across Fore Head Zuni). His maternal clan is Tódích’íi’nii (Bitter Water), and his paternal clan is Kinlichíi’nii (Red House). He is the son of Beatien Yazz, an internationally renowned artist from Wide Ruins, Arizona. Toddy currently lives in Pine Springs, Arizona with his wife Stella.
In 1983, Toddy received his Bachelor’s degree in Commercial Art, and in 1986 he received his Master’s degree in painting. Both degrees are from Utah State University. Toddy works in acrylics, oils, watercolor, pastel, pen and ink, and graphite, as well as a variety of other mediums. He enjoys painting the Southwest genre, though recently he has been painting in ledger style, which originated with the Plains Indian tribes.
Included among Toddy’s numerous awards and honors is Best of Show at Gallup Intertribal Indian Ceremonial Art; first, second, and third place awards at the Santa Fe Indian Market; and the Patrick Hinds Swazo Award for the most promising young artist. Toddy’s work can be found in museums across the country, as well as in numerous public and private collections.