Dan Olfe


Dan Olfe (born 1935) has a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Princeton University and a doctorate from California Institute of Technology. He is a retired professor of engineering at University of California, San Diego. Although Olfe is a self-taught artist, he has an advanced understanding of the computerized technology that is the catalyst for his artwork. Olfe originally conceptualized quilts using graphics software. This eventually led to printing his designs on a larger scale via a dye sublimation process that vaporized solid dyes and applied them to fabric. Olfe now works almost exclusively with 3D design software.

“My technical background really helped. 3D is what video game designers use to create scenes and textures, and to model landscapes for animations. I no longer start with digital images, but instead create objects from scratch.”