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‘Father of Computer Art’ Dies at 99 – ARTnews.com

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Charles Csuri, whose experiments with computers during the 1960s made him an essential figure in the history of digital art, has died at 99. An announcement by the Ohio State University in Columbus, where Csuri had long been a professor of art education and computer science, said he passed away on Sunday, but did not state a cause of death.

Csuri’s work has been regarded as unclassifiable—neither artistic enough for some to be classed as art nor digitally oriented enough for others to be considered the stuff of the tech world. Despite the adversity that he described facing throughout his career, Csuri found admirers for the unusual ways in which he merged traditional art practices such as painting with algorithms, programming, and more.

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In various writings on his career, historians referred to him as the “father of computer art,” and in a 1998 New York Times profile Csuri referred to himself as being “the first artist with any serious art credentials to work with the computer.” In another…

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