Charles Csuri

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Charles Csuri (4 July 1922, Grant Town, West Virginia – 27 February 2022, Lakewood Ranch, Florida), better known as Chuck Csuri, was an American artist and a pioneer of digital art.

Csuri was born to parents from Hungary, and grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. After WWII, he returned to Ohio State to complete his M.A. in art in 1948. In 1949 he joined the faculty of the Department of Art The Ohio State University. In 1978 he became Professor of Art Education and in 1986 Professor of Computer Information Science. He later served as Professor Emeritus at The Advanced Computing Center for Art and Design The Ohio State University.

Charles Csuri is best known for pioneering the field of computer graphics, computer animation and digital fine art, creating the first computer art in 1964. Csuri was recognized a leading pioneer of digital art and computer animation by Smithsonian, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and The Association for Computing Machinery Special Interest Group Graphics (ACM-SIGGRAPH). Between 1971 and 1987, while a senior professor at the Ohio State University, Charles Csuri founded the Computer Graphics Research Group, the Ohio Super Computer Graphics Project, and the Advanced Computing Center for Art and Design, dedicated to the development of digital art and computer animation. Csuri was co-founder of Cranston/Csuri Productions (CCP), one of the world's first computer animation production companies. In 2000 Charles Csuri received both the 2000 Governor's Award for the Arts for the best individual artist, and The Ohio State University Sullivant Award, that institution's highest honor, in acknowledgment of his lifetime achievements in the fields of digital art and computer animation. The exhibition Beyond Boundaries was a retrospective of seventy of his works of computer art.

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