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A visionary whose creativity and innovation spans multiple platforms, GMUNK has established himself as one of the top visual and design directors in the world. He’s gained recognition for his unique image-making techniques, which range from utilizing programmable lighting arrays, projection mapping, robotic choreography, cymatic-driven material reactions, full-spectrum photography, and motion-controlled cinematography. Utilizing a fusion of science-fiction themes, psychedelic palettes, and practical in-camera effects, his signature style is enigmatic, atmospheric, and metaphysical – much like the Munky himself.

His extensive portfolio spans commercials, installations, short films, music videos, title sequences, and graphic design for feature films and print exhibitions.  Recent credits include commercial projects for clients such as Windows, Audi, Acura, Infiniti, Vice, Dolby, Adidas, Samsung and Vimeo, light installations for TrueCar and Twilio, music videos for Tycho and Eric Prydz, and concert visuals for the Pryda Epic 4.0 Tour, Beck and Bacardi Live.

In his 11 years in the motion graphics industry, GMUNK served as Design Director at top design studios BUCK, Prologue Films, Imaginary Forces and Transistor Studios. From there, he went on to concept and design memorable holographic content for feature films; most notably the interface graphics featured in Universal’s Oblivion and the holographic sequences in TRON: Legacy. In 2015, he was tapped to design the global branding imagery for Microsoft’s Windows 10, which went on to be featured in Wired, The Verge and Mashable. Combining his expertise in sculptural design with his directorial eye, he photographed the logo as a custom light installation to create the now iconic image that is seen on over 1 billion computers worldwide.

As a director, GMUNK brings his obsession with light and movement to the fore to create evocative narrative work. Commercial projects include Audi Pure Imagination, Car vs. Drones, Infiniti Study of Power, and DOTS Play Beautifully – which went on to be written up in Forbes and Wallpaper Magazine. His 2015 short film, The Chamber, was featured in the Samsung Connected series, and 2016’s Orbis Integra, was highlighted on prestigious design blogs such as DesignBoom and The Plus. As an installation artist, GMUNK has worked with clients such as TrueCar, Twilio to create distinctive experiential campaigns driven by user input,  and had his Acura Mood Roads project featured at the 2017 Sundance Film festival in Park City, Utah.
While working as the design director for San Francisco-based robotics studio Bot & Dolly, GMUNK helped conceptualize and direct BOX, a revolutionary projection mapping performance piece. The film won numerous awards including Vimeo’s Top 10 Videos of 2013, The Creators Project’s Best of 2013, Siggraph’s Best in Show 2014, and a Silver Lion for Innovation at Cannes. Since then, his love affair with robotics has only grown in collaboration with his favorites at VT Pro Design – the recent offspring of which are the robotic light installation Telestron, which was released at the 2017 Day for Night Festival and featured on DesignBoom, and the robotic screen concept film Tecnicontrol®.

GMUNK’s directorial eye and unique aesthetic also extends into his work as a photographer. His stunning full-spectrum photography of the Tracy Arm Fjord has been sold on CinaArt and featured in publications such as Engadget, Fubiz, DesignBoom, and High Snobiety. It was also displayed as part of his 2016 exhibition at Muse Art San Francisco, alongside his design prints and projection mapped art. Recently, to celebrate his growing interest in studio photography, he launched his personal series The Munky King, a celebration of GMUNK’s lushly surrealistic imagination. In April 2018 he’ll debut a new collection of full spectrum photography, prints, projection mapped sculpture, and video art at the Laguna College of Art & Design.

Spurred by a desire to share his passion for design with others, GMUNK has lectured at over 80 top design conferences across the globe. Highlights include headlining OFFF in Barcelona and Mexico City, Offset in Dublin, F5 in New York, TOCAME in Munich, FITC in Toronto, Tokyo, and Amsterdam, and Semi-Permanent in Sydney and Auckland. He has also designed and directed the title sequences for OFFF, FITC, Semi-Permanent, Reasons to Be Creative, and RESFEST.

In his spare time, Munkowitz devotes his passion to reconstructing Pornographic Fruits and Berries while dreaming of Cold, Rainy Days. He swears by Galactic Travel, Botany and the finest Vegan Cuisine to keep his technology so fresh and so clean. He studied Film, Fine Arts and Green Bowls at Humboldt State University.

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