Robert Bosch, Robert Fathauer and Andrew Pike


Robert Bosch, Professor of Mathematics Robert and Eleanor Biggs Professor of Natural Science, Department of Mathematics, Oberlin College
Founder of
"I specialize in "Opt Art", the use of mathematical optimization techniques to create pictures, portraits, and sculpture. I have used integer programming to create portraits out of complete sets of dominoes, linear programming to create pointillistic pieces, and instances of the Traveling Salesman Problem to create continuous line drawings. What all my pieces have in common---aside from how they were constructed---is that they look very different up close than they do from afar. I create my artwork out of a love of optimization---the theory, the algorithms, its numerous applications. I believe that optimization can be applied to virtually every imaginable field, and I believe that my artwork does a good job of helping me make that point."

Robert Fathauer, Small business owner, puzzle designer, and artist, Tessellations Company
Robert Fathauer makes limited-edition prints inspired by tiling, fractals, and knots. He employs mathematics in his art to express his fascination with certain aspects of our world, such as symmetry, complexity, chaos, and infinity. His artworks are created on a Macintosh computer, primarily using the commercial programs FreeHand and Photoshop. More recently, he has been exploring fractal arrangements of polyhedra.

Andrew Pike, Student (Senior, majoring in Mathematics and Biology and minoring in Computer Science and Religion), Oberlin College
"I am new to the game of mathematical art. Currently I am a senior at Oberlin College studying how mathematical optimization techniques can be used to create pieces of visual artwork. My supervisor is Robert Bosch, known for his "Opt Art", including Domino Art and TSP Art. I am fascinated by the way the human brain is able to blend the separate pieces of a mosaic into one cohesive picture. "


“ Escher Fish Portrait ”

2008, Digital print, 24" by 31.5"

“ Escher Fish Portrait - Detail ”

This piece is a collaboration of Robert Bosch, Robert Fathauer, and Andrew Pike. It is done in homage to M.C. Escher. Up close, the viewer sees an Escher-like fish tessellation designed by Robert Fathauer. No two fish that touch are the same shade of gray. From a distance, the fish form the image of a well-known self portrait of Escher.