Dr. Rodney Eiu Joon Chang
Rodney Chang was born in Honolulu in 1945. Instead of surfing and sailing, he has spent his life in school, then decades treating dental patients in Hawaii. With degrees in other fields, Dr. Chang is also a long time artist, writer, and psychologist. For fun he has danced for decades in dance clubs as well as run over twenty-seven 26-mile marathons. As an artist he has explored ("research & development" of the medium as he puts it) digital art since 1984. Chang's specific interest has been in pioneering the expansion of oil painting visual expression through digital means.
He was the first to exhibit in the medium in the state of Hawaii as well as in Calcutta, India, and in the nation of China (solo exhibition, Shanghai Art Museum, 1988). Online he established the perpetual virtual museum at Lastplace.com. Truly Virtual Web Art Museum went online in 1997 and has greeted over 1.5 million visitors. In 1997 he also launched the manifesto for the pacifist art movement of "Webism," now with about 100 members worldwide. Prior to his love affair with high technology and its cyber-culture, Chang devoted 10 years to painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, and mixed media as "internships" in studio art. The visual sensibilities of each traditional medium is incorporated into his mature digital art.
The writer has published three science fiction/fantasy novels, Pygoya, Roswell Encounter Gallery, and Starry Lights Over Roswell, all available at www.amazon.com. Another work of fiction, his first for the genre of horror, Red Sable Brush Society, is available as of April 2009. More information about the books here. Chang is also publishing exerts from his artist's diary, titling the collection of journal entries, The Artist Who Thinks Too Much, also available in 2009.
Pygoya Gallery had its grand opening on July 31st, 2008 and welcomes many visitors on lst Friday Art Walks, every first Friday of the month. It is the historic first Honolulu gallery that is dedicated to exhibiting digital fine art. It is located downtown at 1170 Nuuanu Avenue. The enterprise was introduced to the local population with a splash. Local newspapers interviewed Chang, formerly known as the infamous Disco Dentist, were curious about the inclusion of dance floor lights for the gallery's newly installed bamboo floor. During the grand opening weekend, Chang flew off to San Francisco, and completed his 25th 26. 2 mile marathon, photographing the race course as he does for other marathons. At age 63, Chang is still participating in American city marathons every 8-10 weeks.
Besides Who's Who in America and Who's Who in the World, Dr. Chang is recognized in Ripley's Believe It or Not! for his 10 college degrees, including a Masters in Education from the University of Southern California, a D.D.S. from Loyola University in Chicago, and a Ph.D. in Art Psychology from the Union Graduate Institute in Ohio. The dentist, artist, writer, dancer, and marathon lives with his wife and three teenagers in Honolulu.
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