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Jonty Hurwitz is an artist, engineer, and founder of the artificial intelligence research company He was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and spent his childhood in small hotels in rural towns in South Africa. He studied at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg and worked as a full-time researcher at the University of Cape Town.

After his studies, Jonty Hurwitz traveled to India to study yoga and wood carving before arriving in London, where he spent many years in the technology world designing financial risk algorithms. Jonty Hurwitz began producing sculptures in 2009 and now creates artworks inspired by science and anamorphic sculptures. He is recognized for creating the smallest human form ever made using nanotechnology. Each of his sculptures involves billions of calculations using a series of algorithms derived from the irrational mathematical constant π.

Jonty Hurwitz has produced a significant body of work using both oblique (perspective) and catoptric (mirror) anamorphosis. In an interview with Christopher Jobson, Hurwitz explains his anamorphic inspiration as follows: “I have always been torn between art and physics. In a moment of doubt in 2008, I ventured into the National Portrait Gallery and stumbled upon a strange anamorphic piece by William Scrots (Portrait of Edward VI, 1546). Shortly after, I encountered The Ambassadors (Hans Holbein, 1533). My life changed forever. I rushed home, and within hours, I was devouring the works of M. C. Escher, Da Vinci, and many others. In a breath, I had found ‘brothers’ in a small group of artists spanning 500 years with exactly the same dilemma as mine. Within two months, I was deeply engaged in the production of my first work. My art rests on the shoulders of giants, and I am grateful to them.”

At the end of 2014, Jonty Hurwitz broke new ground in the art world by developing a series of sculptures using nanotechnology. The “Nano Sculptures” are so small that they are invisible to the human eye, able to be placed on the forehead of an ant. The only way to observe these works is through a non-optical magnification method such as a scanning electron microscope. This series of “Nano Sculptures” captivated the world, spanning both the scientific and artistic communities. The artist also received two Guinness World Records for this production.

Today, Jonty Hurwitz is known and recognized internationally on both the artistic and scientific stages. His works are exhibited and collected worldwide.

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OriginSouth AfricanMovementOptical ArtKnown forAnamorphoseShare

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