Dr. Rodney "Pygoya" Chang

         

 

    Rodney Chang was born in Honolulu in 1945.   Instead of surfing and sailing, he has spent his life in school, then decades treating dental patients in Hawaii.  With degrees in other fields, Dr. Chang is also a long time artist, writer, and psychologist.  For fun and exercise he has danced for decades in dance clubs as well as run thirty 26-mile marathons, which while running, "the Running Photographer http://www.marathoncoursephotos.com" searches for scenes to later render into paintings.   As an artist he has explored ("research & development" of the medium as he puts it) digital art since 1984.  Chang's specific interest has been in pioneering the expansion of oil painting visual expression through digital means. 
    He was the first to exhibit in the digital medium in the state of Hawaii as well as in Calcutta, India, and in the nation of China (solo exhibition, Shanghai Art Museum, 1988).  Online he established the perpetual virtual museum at Lastplace.com http://www.lastplace.com/index.htm.  Truly Virtual Web Art Museum http://www.lastplace.com/index97-02.html went online in 1997 and has greeted over 1.5 million visitors.   At about that time, a sleeping Chang had a dream of attending an exhibition by a warrior-like Japanese artist in samurai clothing.  The dream character berated Chang, a lowly art student in the dream, for attempting to copy his masterful mural size abstract paintings.  When he awoke - sweating profusely, Chang could not recall the "astonishing masterpieces that came to me in a dream."  But he remembered the dream artist's name and adopted it as his Internet artist identity.   So now he could "be" two individuals with separate names for the double life that he lives - Dr. Rodney Chang the dentist with a doctorate in psychology, and Pygoya the Internet artist (1997) and later Webist.    In 1997 he also launched the manifesto for the pacifist art movement of  "Webism http://www.lastplace.com/webism.htm," now with about 100 members worldwide.  Prior to his love affair with high technology and its cyber-culture, Chang devoted 10 years to painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, and mixed media as "internships" in studio art. The visual sensibilities of each traditional medium is incorporated into his mature digital art http://lastplace.com/cyberpaintings7_2009.htm, making his art a hybrid of the digital and traditional media art worlds.

    The writer has published four science fiction/fantasy novels, Pygoya, Roswell Encounter Gallery, Starry Lights Over Roswell, and Red Sable Brush Society, all available at www.amazon.com .    More information about the books can be found at www.lastplace.com/books.htm.   Chang also published exerts from his artist's diary, titling the selected collection of journal entries, The Artist Who /Thinks/ Too Much, also available since 2009 at Amazon.com.
   Pygoya Gallery http://www.pygoyagallery.com/index.htm had its grand opening on July 31st, 2008 and welcomes many visitors on lst Friday Art Walks, every first Friday of the month.  It is the historic first Honolulu gallery that is dedicated to exhibiting digital fine art.   The enterprise was introduced to the local population with a splash.  Local newspapers interviewed Chang http://www.lastplace.com/hawaii_newspapers_ink_new_galler.htm, formerly known as the infamous Disco Dentist http://www.lastplace.com/DOC/Cybpntgs/cypt20.htm, curious about the inclusion of dance floor lights for the gallery's newly installed bamboo floor.  During/ the grand opening weekend, Chang flew off to San Francisco, and completed his 25th 26. 2 mile marathon, photographing the race course http://www.marathoncoursephotos.com/index.htm as he does for other marathons.
    Besides Who's Who in America and Who's Who in the World_, Dr. Chang is recognized in _Ripley's Believe It or Not! for his 10 college degrees http://lastplace.com/page28.htm, including a Masters in Education from the University of Southern California, a D.D.S. from Loyola University in Chicago, and a Ph.D. in Art Psychology from the Union Graduate Institute in Ohio.  The dentist, artist, writer, dancer, and marathon lives with his wife Erlinda Feliciano in Honolulu.

 

                                     


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