Competition: US & Canada
Martin Demaine is an artist and a computer scientist. He started the first private hot-glass studio in Canada and has been called the father of Canadian glass. Since 2005, he has been the Angelika and Barton Weller Artist-in-Residence at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Martin works together with his son Erik in paper, glass, and other material. They use their exploration in sculpture to help visualize and understand unsolved problems in mathematics, and their scientific abilities to inspire new art forms. Among their artistic works are curved origami sculptures in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Renwick Gallery in the Smithsonian. Their scientific work includes over sixty published joint papers, including several about combining mathematics and art. Currently they are working on extending folding to other materials, such as glass.
Son: Erik D. Demaine, Guggenheim Fellow in Computer Science, 2013