Mark Napier, painter-turned-new-media-artist, is a pioneer of digital and internet art. Through his early web-based artworks such as “The Shredder”, “Digital Landfill”, and “Feed”, Napier explores the potential of worldwide networks as a public space for art. His experience as a software developer informs Napier.s software craft — he uses code as an expressive form, and the Internet as his exhibition space and laboratory. Napier.s work has been included in seminal exhibitions of Digital Art including the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Data Dynamics exhibition, the 2002 Whitney Biennial, the San Francisco Museum of Art’s 010101: Art in the Age of Technology, and the net_condition exhibition at ZKM (Center for Art & Media) in Karlsruhe, Germany.
A recipient of grants from Creative Capital, NYFA, and the Greenwall Foundation, Napier has also been commissioned to create artwork for SFMOMA, the Whitney Museum, and the Guggenheim. Napier.s work has also been exhibited at the Centre Pompidou, PS1, the Walker Arts Center, Ars Electronica, The Kitchen, Kunstlerhaus Vienna, Transmediale, Bard College, the Princeton Art Museum, ASCII Digital Festival, bitforms gallery in Seoul, and la Villette in Paris among many others.
Napier lives and works in New York city. He was born in the United States in 1961.