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Remembering Charles Csuri, digital pioneer

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At nearly a century of life, the foremost pioneer of digital art and computer animation, Charles Csuri, has passed away. While it may seem surprising that an early adopter of digital art techniques could have lived to the age of 99 already, Csuri embodied the fact that you can in fact teach an old dog new tricks, starting his digital art career just halfway through his life. And his style—ripe with abstract humanity and vivid, twisting textures—point to a mind keenly aware of where his form and the world intersect.

 

Charles Csuri’spath through life started with him as a would-be star football player for the NFL in the early 1940s, having just finished his bachelor’s at Ohio State University on a football scholarship. However, he declined it to serve in World War II for several years, returning to Ohio State for a master’s in art and following along a career path of education there, becoming a professor in both art education and computer science.

 

Wire Ball by Charles Csuri.

 

It was in 1964 that Csuri began experimenting with computer graphics programs, and shortly…

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