Artist Statement

“I am interested in creating digital and analog experiences that inhabit a space between reality and the uncanny. If the work I create can implicate the viewer in questioning the reality (or absurdity) of things, I consider it a success. My medium of choice is code, ultimately realized through installations, animations, digital images, electro-acoustic audio, video games and digital prints.”

Bryan Leister


Bryan Leister works across a broad range of media reflecting his education in design and his career as an illustrator and artist. His illustration work has appeared on the cover of Time, BusinessWeek, Forbes, Der Spiegel and the Atlantic Monthly. He has won over 100 awards from competitions such as Communication Arts, AIGA, Graphis, PRINT, including gold and silver medals from the Society of Illustrators in NYC. His oil paintings are in the collections of The Museum of American Art, The District of Columbia Historical society, Kohler, Celestial Seasonings, James River Paper Company, Blue Cross Blue Shields and many private collections.

His installations and animations have been exhibited at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids, MI, Parthenon Museum Nashville, The Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities and The Corcoran Gallery of Art. He has collaborated with modern and contemporary ballet dance companies for performances at The Kennedy Center Millenium Stage in Washington DC, Perfomatica in Mexico and at the King Center, Atlas Center for the Arts, Lone Tree Arts Center and Lakewood Cultural Center in Colorado.

His animated shorts have screened in festivals including the Altanta Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, New York Underground Film Festival, Brooklyn Arts Film Festival, the Chicago Underground Film Festival and includes a juror’s award at the Black Maria Film Festival. His most recent work in experimental video art game and design has been exhibited at Redline Denver, Walker Fine Art, Plus Gallery, Media Arts Festival in Colorado, IndieCade West in California and internationally as part of Data Canvas – Sense your City. Many of these works can be downloaded from Google Play and/or the Apple App store.

Leister currently works from his studio in Denver, Colorado and is an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado Denver where he teaches Digital Design. He received a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and an MFA in Art and Visual Technology from George Mason University.