Edward Zajec

Born 1938 in Trieste, Italy.

Edward Zajec had started working with computers in 1968 while teaching Fine art at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. His use of computers has focussed on eliciting patterns based on redundancy and repeatition. He has been engaged in computer graphics, experimental animation and internet projects in the recent past.

He is presently serving as a Professor Emeritus of Art and Design, in the Transmedia department at The Syracuse University, New York.

His work has been shown at the Cleveland Museum of Art,Ohio, The Museum of Modern Art,New York, The Centre Georges Pompidou,Paris among other art venues around the world.

They have also been featured in festivals like WRO Media Art Biennial, the Locarno Video Art Festival, Ars Electronica, ISEA and SIGGRAPH.

An short text written by Edward Zajec on his early compositions can be viewed here >>.

Programming languages/software used: FORTRAN

1966 B.F.A. Painting, Akademija za Likovno Umetnost, Ljubljana, Slovenia.

1968 M.F.A. Painting, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio. USA.


1969 Participates in ‘Tendencies 4’, Computers and Visual research, Zagreb, Yugoslavia.

1970 Returns to Trieste,Italy to reside for the next 10 years and work at the Computer Center of the University of Trieste, in collaboration with Matjaz Hmeljak.

1980 Instituted the ‘Computer Graphics for the Fine Arts’ curriculum at the Syracuse University, New York.

1982 Participates in ‘L’art systématique‘ - Musée d´art contemporain de Montréal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

2001 WRO 01 – 9th International Media Art Biennale - International Media Art Biennale WRO, Wroclaw, Poland.

2004 Participates in ‘Scratch Code‘ - bitforms Gallery – New York City, USA.

2005 The Most Beautiful Prints – Slovene Graphic Art of the Past 50 Years - International Centre of Graphic Arts (MGLC), Ljubljana, Slovenia.
WRO 05 – 11th international Media Art Biennale, Wroclaw, Poland.

2006 20th Century Computer Art: Beginnings and Developments - Tama Art University Museum, Tokyo, Japan.
Cybernetic Sensibility - Daelim Contemporary Art Museum, Seoul, South Korea.

2007 Ex Machina – Frühe Computergrafik bis 1979: Herbert W. Franke zum 80. Geburtstag - Kunsthalle Bremen, Bremen, Germany. bit international – [Nove] Tendencije - Neue Galerie, Universalmuseum Joanneum, Graz

2007 Edvard Zajec – The Artist and the Computer: From the Beginnings to the Present - International Centre of Graphic Arts (MGLC), Ljubljana, Slovenia.

2008 bit international. [Nove] tendencije | Computer und visuelle Forschung | Zagreb 1961–1973 - ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe, Germany.
Imaging by Numbers: A Historical View of the Computer Print - Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art, Evanston, Illinois.USA.

2008 Edward Zajec – Orphics - WRO Art Center / Centrum Sztuki WRO, Wroclaw, Poland.