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Robert W. Mallary (Dec. 2, 1917-Feb. 10, 1997) was an American abstract expressionist sculptor and pioneer in computer art. He was renowned for his Neo-Dada or "junk art" (assemblage) sculpture in the 1950s and '60s, created from found materials and urban detritus, held together with hardened liquid plastics and resins. In 1968, he created one of the world's first computer-generated sculptures, Quad 1, which was displayed that year at the Cybernetic Serendipity exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London.  

  • Born: Dec. 2, 1917, Toledo, Ohio

  • Died: Feb. 10, 1997, Northampton, Mass.

  • Grew Up: Berkeley, California

  • Early Influences: Mexican Painting, Fresco, Graphics


  • Escuela de Las Artes Del Libro, Mexico City, 1938-39

  • Painter’s Workshop School, Boston, 1941

  • Academia San Carlos, Mexico City, 1942-43

  • Research Project on Experimental Media with José Clemente Orozco, 1942-43


  • Art Director, Rexall, 1945-48. Advertising graphics, Cole of California (freelance) until 1954.


  • California School of Art, Los Angeles, 1949-50; Hollywood Art Center School, 1950-54

  • University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, 1955-59

  • Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, 1959-67

  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1967-1996
    Brief periods at:

  • Pennsylvania State University, 1962

  • University of Minnesota, 1965

  • University of California at Davis, 1963 and 1967

Visionary and Innovator

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LIFE Magazine Nov. 24, 1961

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