Toc Fetch was born in Brooklyn in 1953. He studied for a year at RISD and became disillusioned with academia. In 1973 he moved to Switzerland, where he spent ten years in a program to learn the principles of nondualism.
In 1989, Fetch discovered he had cancer. He recalls feeling for a year that he was extremely close to death, and experiencing life as an outsider. This state of being opened up a ‘grand circus pantheon of personas and revelations’, he says, including one pertaining to the potential of comic books as an artistic medium.
Since his return to New York, in 1990, Fetch has dedicated his creative practice to exploring the untapped possibilities of comics.