John Vega
Since 2002
Works in Boulder, Colorado United States of America

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BIO
John Vega is a digital artist and designer living in Boulder, Colorado. A 20-year veteran of commercial new media, Vega is an award-winning interactive art director and motion graphics designer. His career clients comprise Fortune 500 companies such as Apple, IBM, Motorola and Sony. In the early 1990s, while working as director of multimedia for Boulder, Colo.-based Leopard Communications, Vega produced multimedia for live events that traveled from Beijing, China, to Basel, Switzerland.

In 1995, Vega started Dancing Image Interactive, where he created cutting-edge Web pieces for technology-based clients including Sprint and Microsoft. In 1999, Vega sold his design business to Barnhart /CMI Advertising and was hired there as a senior art director in the interactive group. Vega changed course in 2001. He studied Fantastic Realism with Robert Venosa and began working with the University of Colorado-Boulder Fine Arts Dept., where he pioneered the award-winning, interactive, net art piece, FILMTEXT, with co-instructor Mark Amerika. FILMTEXT has had several high profile exhibitions including installations at the Institute of Contemporary Art in London and the American Museum for the Moving Image in New York.

Vega was an instructor of digital arts in the CU-Boulder Fine Arts Dept., and later became a senior instructor of CU’s ATLAS program to teach generative art and motion design. He has also collaborated with net artists Keith and Mendi Obadike to create the interactive libretto for the net opera, “The Sour Thunder,” and he has produced video art for several live events including concert visuals for electronic music pioneer Steve Roach and The Books.

In addition to showings at major electronic art festivals including SIGGRAPH, Ars Electronica and Transmediale, Vega’s digital art has be seen in museum and gallery exhibitions including showings at the American Museum of the Moving Image and the Austin Museum of Digital Art. He is currently designing digital art visuals for a new production: "The Tibetan Book of the Dead LIVE," a presentation of the Asia Society, slated to begin in 2007. Vega will work in collaboration with Philip Glass who will compose and perform an original score with an ensemble of Tibetan and Western musicians. Vega continues to create commercial new media with select agencies and clients through his “virtual” agency, John Vega & Associates.