Bert Monroy was born and raised in New York City where he spent 20 years in the advertising industry as an art director and creative director for various agencies as well as his own. Monroy currently lives with his wife in Berkeley, California.
Upon discovering computers with the introduction of the Macintosh 128 in 1984, he embarked on a new digital career. He embraced the computer as an artistic medium and is considered one of the pioneers of digital art. Monroy’s work has been seen in every major trade publication of the computer industry. His work has also been featured in scores of books, including Making Art on a Macintosh, The Photoshop WOW Book, The Illustrator WOW Book, The Art of Digital Painting, The Grey Book, and The Photoshop A to Z in Japan.
His work has also been used to introduce many software products such as Photoshop, VideoWorks (predecessor to Director), PixelPaint, SoundCap, and ImageStudio (predecessor to Painter).
Monroy was a founding partner in the New York firm Incredible Interactivity that was responsible for interactive multimedia presentations as early as 1986 before the terms had been coined. Presentations were created for such clients as General Motors, American Express, and Knoll International.
Monroy co-authored The Official Adobe Photoshop Handbook, which was the first book on Photoshop and the only one for almost two years. His film credits include work for Industrial Light & Magic, Pacific Data Images, and R/Greenberg Associates. Monroy also continues to serve his installed base of clients which include Apple Computer, Adobe Systems, Epson, and Wacom.
A popular speaker at many worldwide conferences, Monroy is a member of the Photoshop World Dream Team. In 2004, Bert was inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame.