Frank Malina
1912 – 1981

Frank Malina was a rocket scientist, head of scientific research for UNESCO, and painter who founded the journal of art and science Leonardo in 1967. He made “kinetic paintings” such as Dark Moon (1966) and Away from the Earth II (1966), which drew on scientific images such as probability curves, microphotography, and space exploration. Malina’s moving paintings utilized his Lumidyne system of spinning discs to create otherworldly swaths of color and light, and were being made as the United States …

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