Digital Art

"All art is quite useless" 
Oscar Wilde 

Enjoying fast media such as watercolor or digital art is all about giving up control and embracing chance. It leaves the artist no time for planning and when allowed will produce amazing effects of random geometry, color and texture all by itself.
I was born in Leningrad, USSR where I received training in traditional watercolor. I have been painting for most of my life experimenting early on with "automatic painting" techniques inspired by surrealist and abstract expressionist painters of the 20th century.  

After immigrating to the United States in 1982 I graduated from the College of Environmental Design at UC Berkeley and was fortunate to get a job at one of the most innovative design firms based in the Silicon Valley.  While I struggled with the constraints of early architectural design software, watercolor continued to be my hobby mostly because it enabled me to unwind and enjoy the freedom of the medium. 

Painting to me is all about chance and chance is what I believe brings magic into any creative process.  As I watched computer technology evolve to generate exciting visual effects of random geometry, color and texture, I found myself totally drawn to digital art. Using a computer and a camera I have been creating digital paintings since the early 2000's. I have not frequently exhibited my work. Many of my works are privately owned.

Alex Usvitsky

  • San Leandro, California, USA