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Vladimir Sierra -- Artist, Problem-Solver

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 meditative repetition of simple 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 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 currently lives in Los Angeles creating scientific visualizations for the aerospace sector, and writing software that he uses to expand his body of artistic work.  His latest creation, Foxl, is a paint app available through the App Store



UCLA, School of Theater, Film and Television


UT Austin, Department of Aerospace Engineering

Career Highlights


Best of Disney 2014, Presented Disney Toon Studios Stereoscopic Pipeline Design


Siggraph Asia 2012, Presented Half Day  Course on Stereoscopic Pipeline Design and Implementation


Siggraph 2011,  Presented Technical Sketch on the Sunshield Deployment of the JWST Spacecraft


Siggraph 2006,  Presented Art Paper on A Generative Algorithm for the Creation of Mosaics

Production Highlights


Disney's Legend of the Neverbeast, Stereoscopic Supervisor


Disney's The Pirate Fairy, Stereoscopic Supervisor


Disney's Tinker Bell and Secret of the Wings, Stereoscopic Supervisor

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