Manfred Mohr

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Born 1938 in Pforzheim/Germany. Digital art pioneer.

Started as an action painter and jazz musician. Began using the computer (1969) because of his growing interest in creating an algorithmic art. Lived in Barcelona in 1962 and in Paris between 1963 and 1983. Since 1981 he lives in New York City.

His early computer works are algorithmic and based on his former drawings with a strong attitude on rhythm and repetition. Maintained an art studio in Paris from 1963 to 1983. Mohr attended Kunst + Werkschule in Pforzheim and École des Beaux-Arts in Paris.

In 1968 he co-founded the seminar "Art et Informatique" at Vincenne University and in 1971 had a solo exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in Paris. Since then, that exhibition has become known historically as the first solo show in a museum of works entirely calculated and drawn by a computer.

Mohr has received many awards including the 2006 [ddaa] Digital Art Award Cologne/Berlin, a Fellowship from New York Foundation of the Arts in 1997, the 1990 Golden Nica from Ars Electronica in Linz, the 1990 Camille Graeser Prize in Zürich, and the 1973 Ljubljana Print Biennial. In 1994, the first comprehensive monograph on his work was published by Waser-Verlag in Zürich, Switzerland.

  • Der Algorithmus des Manfred Mohr. Texte 1963–1979, ed. Margit Rosen, Leipzig: Spector Books, 2015, 120 pp. Publisher. (German)