Manuel Barbadillo was one of the early proponents of computer art in Spain. He was born in 1929 in Seville. He studied at the Escuela de Artes y Oficios and participated in a group exhibition for the first time in 1954. After completing his military service in Morocco, Barbadillo moved to New York, where he worked as a painter until 1962. He returned to Spain and started a computer course at the Centro de Calculos of Madrid University in 1968. That same year, he became a founding member of the group Nueva Generación and later a member of the Computer Arts Society, whose aim is to promote the creative use of computers in the arts and culture. Barbadillo received the Pablo-Ruiz-Picasse-Prize in 1999. He passed away in Malaga, Spain, in 2003.