Isaac Victor Kerlow

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  • Earth Observatory of Singapore, Pratt Institute, and Columbia University


  • Mexico City, Mexico


  • Isaac Kerlow (Ke Yi Xiao) is an artist and filmmaker whose work deals with change, abstraction, riddles and the human condition. He is considered one of the pioneers of digital art, and continues to create with digital technology and traditional techniques.

    Currently Isaac is Artist-in-Residence and Principal Investigator at the Earth Observatory of Singapore. He is also the Founding Dean and full Professor in the School of Art, Design and Media (ADM) at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU).

    Between 1995-2004 Isaac worked at Disney, in Los Angeles, experimenting with new media in entertainment, moviemaking, animation and games. In his early academic career Isaac was the Founding Chairman of the Department of Computer Graphics and Interactive Media at Pratt Institute in New York City, and the youngest full professor ever tenured at that institution.

    Some of his recent projects include Sudden Nature, Mayon: The Volcano Princess, and Earth Girl.

    Isaac is also the author of several best-selling books, including the successful 4th edition of The Art of 3D Computer Animation and Effects published by Wiley and translated to Chinese (traditional and simplified), Japanese and Russian.

    Isaac is an active participant in international seminars and festivals. He was Festival Director for the SIGGRAPH 2010 Computer Animation Festival, on the Advisory Board of FMX, and the technology committee of the American Society of Cinematographers. During 2009 he was Artist-in-Residence at Microsoft Research Asia in Beijing, China. Click here for some of Isaac’s writings.


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