Vladimir Sierra was born in Bogotá, Colombia, and spent his formative years in Dallas, Texas. After graduating from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering, his interest in orbital mechanics led him to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory where he found his true calling as a computer artist. He graduated from UCLA in 2003 with an MFA degree in Film and Television, and since then he’s done visualization work for the aerospace sector, as well as education and production work for the entertainment industry.
Vladimir’s body of work ranges from hand-drawn animation to data-driven visualizations. His evolution as an artist has been largely driven by a desire to distill sensual beauty out of simple forms and thoughtful repetition of patterns. Inspired by Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock print-work and by Catalan Modernista architecture, Vladimir went on to create a type of mosaic which he came to term “ukiyotile” in which groups of like-sized tiles organically grow to fill the forms they represent. Vladimir’s ukiyotile work has been exhibited in a variety of galleries along the East and West Coast.
Vladimir currently lives in Los Angeles supervising the stereoscopic (3d) production of animated films, and writing software that he uses to expand his body of artistic work.