Egon Zippel was born in Timisoara, Rumania in 1960 to German parents. When Nicolae Ceaușescu rose to power in 1964, the Zippels presciently left for Heidelberg, Germany, to begin life anew. Egon studied graphic design at the University of Mannheim whence he received a Fulbright Scholarship comprising an introductory month at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. and the academic year of 1984-85 at the University of Texas in Austin. Over the next few years Egon studied computer graphics at NYIT (New York Institute of Technology) and finished his postgraduate studies at the Institute for New Media at the Staedel Art Academy in Frankfurt from 1993-94. During the early ‘90s he lived primarily in Italy until eventually settling again in NYC in 1996.
Currently he maintains studios in both New York and Berlin. Egon believes in both predetermination and free will. Wrestling with this contradiction makes daily life rather complex (and fun).