Lucia Grossberger Morales (also known professionally as Lucia Grossberger) is a Bolivian-American artist and programmer who notably shaped the computer-generated art landscape in the 1980s and 1990s.
Grossberger Morales was born in Catavi, Bolivia in 1952. Her family immigrated to Southern California in 1955. She later attended the University of Southern California, earning a B.A. in Anthropology and an M.S. in Instructional Technology. She enjoyed experimenting with film, video, and animation to tell stories.
In 1979, Grossberger Morales purchased an Apple II computer, in which she saw potential to use as an artistic medium. Working with partner Harry Vertelney and programmer David Rifkind, Grossberger Morales co-authored The Designer’s Tool Kit (1982), one of the first graphics programs published by Apple Computer, Inc. The software package included a manual with color pages and a graphic tablet overlay used to create and manipulate the artwork. Grossberger Morales’s early computer-generated artwork, which she began to exhibit at venues across California, included portraits, fabrics, and abstract images. She also created interactive installations at cultural centers. In 1985, Grossberger Morales co-authored AppleVisions with Apple employee Bob Bishop. Two years later, she and Bishop developed SpaceLace, a graphics program which allowed the artist to create a digital kaleidoscope.
As of 2017, Grossberger Morales continues to create and exhibit her art installations in museums, galleries, and shows worldwide.