Hans Dehlinger (*1939, Germany) began working with programming languages and computers in the early 1960s during his studies in architecture at the University of Stuttgart (Dipl.Ing.). He continued his education at the University of California, Berkeley (M.Arch., Ph.D.), where he also worked as an environmental planner and architect. In 1980, he became Professor of Industrial Design at the University of Kassel, Germany, where he taught until his retirement in 2004.
In the early 1980s, he began to explore computers artistically, with a focus on algorithmically generated line drawings. The majority of his generative artwork is based on procedures and computer code executed on pen plotters. It thus has aspects of both electronic and physical art. The lines can form delicate structures, dense textures, or even evoke an “unsharp” impression from sharp lines.
Dehlinger's generative processes are located on a spectrum between "one-pass processes," in which drawings are generated by programs without any intermediate visual feedback by the artist, and "composite processes," in which drawings are generated in a sequence of steps.
His work has received worldwide recognition and was shown first in Europe, later in Canada, Russia, Australia, the USA, Armenia, and China.
The works of Hans Dehlinger are in private collections, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the Block Museum of Art in Evanston, Illinois. He is also a member of the informal group of Algorists.