Name: Edward Zajec
Country of Origin: IT
Edward Zajec was among the pioneers in the 1960s, and more recently is professor of computer graphics at the School of Art and Design at Syracuse University. His focus has been real-time artworks originating in his paintings, which used repetition and redundancy, then developed with the use of computers from 1968. While his films have
some aspirations in common with those of John Whitney Sr., his point of departure is the use of the computer in real time, and a different algorithmic or rule-based approach. Zajec’s work has found its way into collections and symposia spanning many decades.
Zajec, a pioneer of generative art, had started working with computers in 1968 while teaching Fine Art at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. His use of computers has focused on eliciting patterns based on redundancy and repetition. He has been engaged in computer graphics, experimental animation and internet projects in the recent past.
He is presently serving as a Professor Emeritus of Art and Design in the Transmedia department at The Syracuse University, New York. His work has been shown at Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, among other art venues around the world. It has also been featured in festivals like WRO Media Art Biennial, the Locarno Video Art Festival, Ars Electronica, ISEA and SIGGRAPH.