Artist, Author, Instructor
I consider myself a Hyper-realist artist.
I love to paint. I use the word paint for lack of a better
My medium is actually light. I have a passion for making things
happen on the screen. Finding a new way of doing something
a new room in my imagination is what I love about the work.
Bert Monroy was born and raised in New York City where he spent
20 years in the advertising industry as an art director and creative
director for various agencies as well as his own. Bert currently
lives with his wife in
Upon discovering computers with the introduction of the Macintosh
128 in 1984, he embarked on a new digital career. He embraced the
computer as an artistic medium and is considered one of the pioneers
of digital art. Bert's work has been seen in every major trade publication
of the computer industry. His work has also been featured in scores
of books which include Making Art on a Macintosh, The
Photoshop WOW Book, The Illustrator WOW Book, The
Art of Digital Painting, The Grey Book and The Photoshop
A to Z in Japan.
His work has also been used to introduce many software products
such as Photoshop, VideoWorks (predecessor to Director), PixelPaint,
SoundCap and ImageStudio (predecessor to Painter).
Bert was a founding partner in the New York firm Incredible Interactivity
that was responsible for interactive multimedia presentations
early as 1986 before the terms had been coined. Presentations were
created for such clients as General Motors, American Express and
Bert co-authored, The Official Adobe Photoshop
Handbook, which was the first book on Photoshop and the only
one for almost two years. It won various awards. He also co-authored Adobe
Photoshop: A Visual Guide to the Mac which
was published in multiple languages, Photoshop 4, published
in Japan by Agosto and BNN, and Photoshop Channel CHOPS, which concentrates
on the most
features of the program not covered anywhere else. In 2000 he released
his first solo book from New Riders called Bert Monroy: Photorealistic
Techniques with Photoshop and Illustrator. It concentrates
on the techniques he has established over the years in the
of his fine art works. It is available at Amazon.com. His second
solo book Photoshop Studio with Bert Monroy, from
New Riders, is another compilation of his techniques specifically
7.0. January 2004 saw the introduction of Commercial Photoshop
with Bert Monroy, from New Riders. It is also a compilation
of techniques but deals with Bert's commercial illustrations
where photographs are sometimes used. This book deals with aspects
of production that the two previous technique oriented books did
not — such as image retouching. In his latest book, Photoshop
Studio with Bert Monroy: Digital Painting, published in 2008
from New Riders, Bert shares with the reader the techniques he
has developed in
the creation of his photo-realistic paintings.
An accomplished teacher and lecturer, Bert has served on the faculty of a list of institutions that includes The School of Visual Arts (New York), Center for Creative Imaging (Maine), California College of the Arts, the Lepp Institute of Digital Imaging (California) and currently teaches at San Francisco State University. Bert was a monthly regular on Tech TV for over three years. He hosted Pixel Perfect with Bert Monroy, a weekly Photoshop podcast for Revision3.com.
He also consults with and trains corporate clients, including Pixar and Disney Animation. His film credits include work for Industrial Light & Magic, Pacific Data Images, and R/Greenberg Associates. Bert also continues to serve his installed base of clients which include Apple Computer, Adobe Systems, Epson, and Wacom.
Bert Monroy has an extensive library of video tutorials on Lynda.com. A popular speaker at many worldwide conferences, Bert is a member of the Photoshop World Dream Team. In 2004, Bert was inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame.