Laddie John Dill was born in Long Beach, California in 1943. He graduated from the Chouinard Art Institute in 1968.

After graduation, Dill became a printer's apprentice and worked closely with established artists such as Robert Rauschenberg, Claes Oldenberg, Roy Lichtenstein and Jasper Johns.


Laddie John Dill's work is in the permanent collections of national and international institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art, NY; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA; Museum of Contemporary Art, CA; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA; High Museum, GA; The Phillips Collection, DC; Chicago Art Institute, IL; Smithsonian, DC; Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark; Pio Monte della Misericordia, Italy; Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, CA; and Museo Jumex, Mexico.

He currently lives and works in Venice, California, where he has a studio.

Dill was one of the first Los Angeles artists to exhibit works of "light and space" in New York.

Since the 1970s, he has been transforming light, earthy materials such as concrete, glass, sand and metal into sculptures, wall pieces and light installations.

About his choice of materials, Dill explains, "I was influenced by [Robert] Rauschenberg, Keith Sonnier, Robert Smithson, Dennis Oppenheim, and Robert Irwin, who were working with earthy materials, light, and space as an alternative to easel painting."

When Dill uses canvas, he paints with pigments derived from cement and natural oxides.