1980s computer digital art timeline

This computer art and graphics survey also has selected 1980s music technology developments. It is not complete. It’s Western focused (English language mainly UK, also US, Canada, Australia).

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There’s also a 1980s Waiting Room for new items on the way in when edited.

Early computer art – a few things from 1960s to 1970s











1990 and a few later events

There are many artists in the 1990s who used computers in their work but are not computer artists as such, it became a tool, and artists didn’t want the tag (deskilling, if you view it as a traditional artist).
Digital photography and animation (CGI) have been used by many artists, so some might get a review here eventually. People such as Russian artist Olga Tobreluts, who started as an abstract painter in the 1980s. I like Felipe Pantone at the moment, an Argentinian (now in Spain) abstract graffiti artist (uses buildings and outside spaces).

Timeline researched, written and edited by Geoff Davis with invaluable help with editing and suggestions from Catherine Mason.

Full credits and links are here.

There are also entries on 1980s music equipment like samplers, MIDI, software, etc.