Born 1980, Dutch-Brazilian, lives and works in New York.
Rafaël Rozendaal is a visual artist who uses the internet as his canvas. His artistic practice consists of websites, installations, drawings, writings and lectures. Spread out over a vast network of domain names, he attracts a large online audience of over 40 million visits per year.
His work researches the screen as a pictorial space, reverse engineering reality into condensed bits, in a space somewhere between animated cartoons and paintings. His installations involve moving light and reflections, taking online works and transforming them into spatial experiences. He also created BYOB (Bring Your Own Beamer), an open source DIY curatorial format that is spreading across the world rapidly.
Almost There is a screensaver for Mac OS X that employs Rozendaal’s distinctive obsession with color. Beginning with a single gradient, the screensaver divides itself into smaller and smaller blocks, each morphing color and gradient direction. Rozendaal’s screensaver is iterative, meaning every time the screensaver is run, the breakdown of blocks and colors will be different.