Joshua Davis

Joshua Davis (born 1971) is an american artist, designer, and technologist producing public and private works for companies, collectors, and institutions. Davis is renowned for pioneering an original method of computational, generative-art known as dynamic abstraction. “Davis explores the technical and aesthetic limits of software programs flash and illustrator to generate unique visual compositions according to rules-based, randomized processes.” (Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt national design museum, “national design triennial: design life now”, 2006).


“Working this way allows me to generate an infinite number of compositions. I set the boundaries and the rules, but whatever comes out at the end is a surprise. It could look cool. It could fail. It could be life-changing.”
– joshua davis, 2007, Apple.Com interview.


Joshua Davis was the winner of the 2001 prix ars electronica golden nica in the category “net excellence”, the highest honor in international digital art and design. He has exhibited his work at both innovative, new-media galleries such as Maxalot (Amsterdam) and Espeis (Brooklyn) and international institutions such as the Tate Modern, The Design Museum, Moma PS1, Guggenheim Bilbao, Le Centre Pompidou and the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt (New York).


Currently, he is an active professional designer and creative thinker spending his time working with clients, traveling the world speaking at conferences and workshops, building his own creative projects, and teaching as a professor at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.