Miroslaw Rogala is acclaimed as one of the most important interactive media artists in the world. His works are known for large-scale complexity, realized as collaborative efforts with innovative artists and software/hardware developers worldwide including interactive media, digital photography, installations, music and performance works. The multitude of impressions and the variety of his visually transmitted world make each encounter a new experience. Rogala is most famous for his large-scale interactive multimedia installations and video theater pieces. His work has been praised by the Chicago Tribune as "an exhilarating interweaving of video, performance, and numerous other media."
He came from Poland to the United States in 1979, where he earned an MFA from the Chicago Art Institute. He is among the first artists in the world to receive a pioneering Ph.D. from the University of Wales, Newport, Wales, with a dissertation on interactive public art. His artwork is included in permanent collections at leading museums and art centers all over the world, including the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, ZKM/ Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, Germany; The Biennale d'Art Contemporaine, Lyon, France; Sao Paulo Biennale, Brazil; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and the MOMA and Chelsea Museum in NYC, New York.
Rogala’s most recent work involves a unique blend of photography and creative imagery engaging landscape and still life images transformed through the use of combined technology involving a specialized Minds-Eye-View 360 degree perspective software.
A frequent collaborator with other artists, Rogala has worked with dancer and choreographer Merce Cunningham, filmmaker and installation artist Carolee Schneemann, Chicago figurative artist Ed Paschke, theater director Byrne Piven, Shigeko Kubota and forthcoming with Chicago Beau and many others.
Rogala is recognized as a collegiate educator and has served in leadership capacities including Chair of the Department of CGIM/ Computer Graphics and Interactive Media at Pratt Institute NYC and was one of the founding members of the first MFA Electronic Arts Degree at IEAR Studio, Integrated Electronic Arts at Renssellaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York. He was the founding director of the Performance and Intergrated Media Arts (PIMA) at the Brooklyn College in New York. He currently directs the Graduate Program and Digital Arts Center for KSI/ Knowledge Systems Institute in Chicago, IL USA.