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“I’m an artist, and motion is my medium”

With a career spanning over three decades, Mark Setrakian is one of the world’s leading roboticists and animatronics experts. Defying the boundary between art and engineering, Mark's work in robotics focuses on fluid motion and the human interface. Mark likes to say, “When it starts to look like it’s alive, you know you’re on the right track.”

Combining his life-long passion for monsters and machines, he started his career at the age of nineteen at George Lucas' Industrial Light and Magic, and has been developing that work ever since. In Hollywood, Mark has created innovative creature animatronics for such films as Men In Black, Men In Black II, Mighty Joe Young, Hellboy, Hellboy ll, Lady In The Water, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, and Pacific Rim to name a few. Never satisfied with the status quo, Mark relentlessly pursues new technologies and techniques that push his work to the limits of what is possible, and beyond.

Mark is also the former Heavyweight Champion of Robot Wars, a seven-time trophy winner at BattleBots, a two-time gold medalist at Robogames, and the creator of the incredible fighting robots of Syfy's Robot Combat League.

Mark’s latest works are dynamic masterpieces combining his knowledge of robotics with 3D printing techniques to construct never before seen “Axis” robotic artworks.
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