Zenfolio | Cecil William Lee | About

I am a native New Yorker born in the Bronx and raised in Harlem. My exposure to the arts began with my father and amateur. I graduated with a degree in journalism from Long Island University where I also took a number artistic electives including photography, woodcuts, and creative writing. Over the years I have worked in numerous fields including advertising, TV (studio camera operator) publishing and teaching (computers) NYC Bd. of Education. To some extent I am a self-taught photographer and to a much greater extent a self-taught computer artist.

My work is a reflection of my passion for photography and painting. they have fostered an artistic perspective which is at all times experimental, resulting in what could have been completed work often undergoing numerous generations of altering, sometimes evolving into a completely new work.  My personal life and artistic experiences have led me to establish a perspective that sidesteps many of the restraints of conformity, even in this new age of computer/digital art.

What is Computer Evolved Art? CEA is the combining of photography, art created with image manipulation software, digital drawing/painting and scanned images which the artist combines into unique works of art.

I coined the term Computer Evolved Art in part to pay homage to artists who define and use the computer as a tool to create and transform their art. Just as the painter who uses a brush or the sculptor a chisel.