About Sateesh Malla


My Interest in the digital arts began in the mid nineties, mostly as a hobby. At the time, a few notable programs (like Bryce 3D and Poser) essentially became cornerstones in shaping my future. I have an undergraduate degree in computer science and worked in that field for over 5 years. All this while however, I’ve held a keen interest in the arts, by way of photography and secondly through web/graphic design. Quite recently though, it dawned on me that this was my true calling and passion. Most important of all, I knew it would allow for artistic expression that simply wasn’t possible at all in my previous career.

At present, I am completing a master’s degree in Visual Effects and Animation at the Academy of Art, San Francisco. My emphasis within the program is particle effects (a marriage of sorts between programming and art). My secondary interests are Texture and Lighting as well. So far, the shift has been an enormous challenge and a huge undertaking to say the least, but I am loving every minute of it. You can see my current work in the portfolio section.

In my spare time, I enjoy traveling whenever possible and experiment with Photography during these trips. I have a wide taste, but prefer Nature and Abstract photography for the most part. I’m also an avid hiker and runner. The great thing about San Francisco is the variety of places it offers, accommodating even the most adventurous types. The bay area and the surroundings are a great source of inspiration for artists and non-artists alike.

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