Samuel Monnier was born in La Tour-de-Peilz, Switzerland in 1980. He took an interest in both computer and physics at an early age. In 1995, he discovered fractal and algorithmic art and started writing basic programs to draw fractals. Three years later, he began implementing algorithms using Ultra Fractal. In the year 2000, he wrote his first algorithm working with the principle of "pattern piling", on which all of his recent works are based and which define his style. Perfecting the algorithms represents an important part of his artistic expression.
He has always enjoyed the paintings of Paul Klee and Gustav Klimt and their influence can be seen throughout his compositions. Ethnic art is also a source of inspiration for the patterns incorporated into his digital creations.
He is a well known personality in the fractal art community, and has served as a juror for several fractal art contests. One of his work has notably been featured in an exhibition organized for the 2006 International Congress of Mathematicians in Madrid.
In 2008 he obtained his Ph.D. in theoretical physics at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. He is currently working in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Rutgers University.
"My compositions are instances of algorithmic art, namely art produced by algorithms. An algorithm is a set of unambiguous rules applied to some data to produce a result. The algorithmic artist does not create a work directly, but rather devises an algorithm which will yield a work. My algorithms are executed on a computer, which performs computations and logical operations to produce a digital image.
The resulting compositions are purely abstract. Accordingly, they do not carry any title; a mere number is assigned to each of them for convenience. Yet, they display ubiquous fractal structures which have numerous analogs in Nature. The bark of a trunk, a rocky cliff, the surface of a planet display everywhere details on a large scale range, what makes their visual richness and beauty. I am striving to reproduce this characteristic in the purely abstract context of my works.
To this end, most of my compositions are constructed on the idea of "pattern piling". Copies of a simple pattern are created at various size scales and are merged together. This technique allows to produce images so complex that they could never have been imagined, let alone realized, by a bare human mind. Each of them forms a little abstract world, where shapes and colors are combined according to simple rules to produce a highly complex picture in which the observer's eye can wander and get lost.
Algorithms are still largely unknown as a medium of creating visual art. Hopefully these works will awaken the interest some art lovers and artists for this innovative technique."