Andrea Ackerman
New Media Artist



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Andrea Ackerman
New Media Artist
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She's not just an artist! Andrea Ackerman is truly the modern Renaissance woman.

This lady makes the art world proud with her stupendous accomplishments in fields like Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry – studied at Yale and Harvard, no less! And aside from rocking the art world with her animated, 3-D works that can be counted as 21st century trompe l’oeil paintings, she also worked as a psychoanalyst and psychiatrist.

Perhaps it's her interest in these scientific disciplines that makes some of her works look like textbook diagrams! Ackerman employs a computer program called Maya to achieve such high quality animation.

So in the unlikely scenario in which Ackerman doesn’t make it as a visual artist or as a scientist or as a psychiatrist…she can always check if Pixar is hiring.


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Andrea Ackerman is an American artist, theorist and writer best known for her New Media artworks. She lives and works in New York.


At Yale, Ackerman studied physics and biophysics; afterward, she graduated from Harvard Medical School and practiced as a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst. She has used digital technology since the mid-1990s in order to fabricate her work, which dabbles in the realms concerning technology, nature, aesthetics, and ethics. She imbues objects with qualities not ordinarily occurring in nature, and in doing so fabricates a “synthetic” nature. Specific aspects of 2D and 3D still and animation software are applied in subtle ways like using effects meant for fluids on rose petals or skin. Ackerman believes finding meaningful ways to use these effects is essential to the evocation of a seamless transformation - digital to human.

Ackerman has taught 3D computer modeling (Maya) at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, was a co-director of ISEA2011, and is an editor of Leonardo Electronic Almanac, most recently, the associate editor of Uncontainable, the exhibition catalog of electronic art exhibited at ISEA2011, Istanbul. Ackerman lives in New York, New York with her husband and two children.

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