MCAD, Minneapolis College of Art & Design, Professor Emeritus
Roman Verostko, born in 1929, maintains an experimental studio in Minneapolis where he has developed original algorithmic procedures for creating art. Active as an exhibiting artist since 1963, his earliest use of electronics consisted of synchronized audio-visual programs dating from 1967-68. Aware of the awesome power of algorithmic procedure he began experimenting with code and exhibited his first coded art programs in the early 1980's. In 1987 he modified his software with interactive routines to drive paint brushes mounted on a pen plotter’s drawing arm.
Recipient of SIGGRAPH's "Lifetime Achievement Award" in 2009 and the 1994 Golden Plotter First Prize (Germany) he was Director if ISEA 1993 and served on the Board during the early years of ISEA. His work has been included in the "The Algorithmic Revolution" (ZKM, 2005), the "Digital Pioneers" (V&A , London, 2009), “Code: the language of our time” (2003) and "Genetic Art- Artificial Life" (Ars Electronica, 1993) . Projects include an illustrated limited edition of George Boole's "Derivation of the Laws..." (1990); a series of illuminated Universal Turing Machines, a 40 foot mural for the new Science and Engineering Center at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN (1997); a 24 foot installation, The Flowers of Learning, at Spalding University's Academic Learning Center, Louisville, KY, (2006); and WIM: The Upsidedown Mural, spanning 2 storeys in the new Fred Rogers Center at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, PA, (2008).