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ARTIST STATEMENT

I am a painter, and machines are my subject. Like religious icons and royal portrayals of noble ancestry, my paintings conceptually trace the lineage of 21st-century robotics and artificial intelligence back to the steam-powered mechanisms of the Industrial Revolution. These machines are preemptively posing for their place in museums of the future, provoking us to consider the trajectories they embody.

In my paintings, I treat each machine as an individual. I consider my subjects to be noble and beautiful. However, I do not look at a machine only in terms of the task for which it was made, but also consider its role as an actor on the broader technological stage. In that sense, they are all related, and their most profound impact on society is collective.

Currently, my focus is on some of the most advanced robots of our age. They have apprenticed under me, making paintings with my guidance. Unlike purely digital, generative AI, my machines operate in the real world, and the paintings they create are artifacts of the future. Drawing inspiration from the language of modern technology and the primal expressions found in ancient cave drawings, these artworks delve into the intricate relationship between mechanics and meaning. Deceptively abstract, the symbols in these paintings, when woven together, become endeavors at communication.

These creations invite contemplation on the transition from mechanics to meaning, or perhaps the inverse, as we explore the intricate relationship between these two realms. Through the language of symbols, intelligent machines unveil a deep-seated yearning for connection—initially with themselves, embracing their unique forms of expression, and later maturing into a profound communion with humanity.

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SELECTED RESIDENCIES

Agility Robotics, Artist-in-Residence with Digit. 2022 - 2023.

SpaceX, Artist-in-Residence. 2022 - Current.

Boston Dynamics, Artist-in-Residence with Spot. 2020-2021.

Studio at 4WTC, Silver Art Projects. 2020-2021.

Waymo Guest Artist. 2018.

Residency aboard USS Hornet Aircraft Carrier. 2018.

Residency at Wrightspeed Powertrains. 2018.

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SELECTED PRESS

Business Insider, January 2024, SpaceX's artist-in-residence
Daily Mail, January 2024, 'Robot whisperer' trains AI-powered 'dogs' to paint
Apollo, December 2023, In the Studio with... Agnieszka Pilat
The Guardian, December 2023, Robot Dogs have unnerved the public. So why is this artist teaching them to paint?
Designboom, December 2013, Agnieszka Pilat on her creative collaboration with painting robot apprentices
Mashable, November 2023, SpaceX gives unprecedented access to this artist
Artnet News, August 2023, Peek Inside Agnieszka Pilat’s Artist Residency at SpaceX
Euronews, June 2023, Meet Agnieszka Pilat: The artist creating portraits for the machines of the future
Mutual Art, May 2023, Agnieszka Pilat: Techno-Optimist
Forbes, April 2023, How Robot Art Reveals The Power Of Humanity
Cosmos, April 2023, The Art of Trusting Robots
Artnet News, April 2023, Agnieszka Pilat's robot dogs will paint inside a white cube for four months.
The Guardian, April 2023, Robot dogs among 100 artists to be unleashed on Melbourne for 2023 NGV Triennial
The Smithsonian Magazine, April 2023, These Robot Dogs Are Learning to Paint.
The Australian, April 2023. It’s puppy love when robot dogs are art’s best friend
The Sydney Herald, Robot dogs are coming to Melbourne to make art, not war.
The New Yorker, February 2023, Can Psychadelics Heal Ukrainian's Trauma?
Designboom, December 2022, Agnieszka Pilat On Her Creative Collaboration With Robots
Artnet News, October 2022, I Make Art with A.I
Hyperallergic, September 2022, A Robot Dog Is Painting Self Portraits
CoinDesk, September 2022, Are NFTs Rendering Art Meaningless?
The Times, May 2022, Why Silicon Valley fell for an artist and her (robot) dog
CNN, April 2022, Spot can Paint!
New York Post, March 2022, Art produced by robot dog raises $40,000 for Ukrainian refugees
WORTH, February 2022, 'How Agnieszka Pilat's Painting Become Blue Chip Picks for Collectors and Titans of Industry
New York Magazine, January 2022, See Spot Paint Agnieszka Pilat has become the Silicon Valley elite’s favorite artist
The Boston Globe, January 2022, 'Portrait of a Robot as a Young Artist
Artnet News, January 2022, ‘Power in Society Is in the Machine’
Forbes, October 2021, Renaissance 2.0., Will Have You Second-Guessing The Future Of Technology
WIRED, September 2021, 'Portrait of Spot the Robot Descending a Staircase'
Business Insider, October 2021, 'Roboty to dzieci ludzkości'
CBS News, September 2021, 'New Exhibition Brings Art to Life Through Technology'
MVS Noticias, September 2021, ‘Spot’ de Boston Dynamics, retratado por una artista al estilo de ¡Leonardo da Vinci!
Creator, May 2021, 'Discussing Machines, Technology, and Portraiture Painting with Artist Agnieszka Pilat'
Stuart, March 2021, 'Portrait Artist of the Machine World'
Paradox, March 2021, 'Artist Agnieszka Pilat Explains Why The One Percent Will Own Reality'
World Class Performer, February 2021, 'Short Life Lessons From Agnieszka Pilat'
Medium, October 2020: 'A Modern Day Love Story: A Painter’s Brush Meets a Robot'
Impact Wealth Magazine, July 2020, ‘An Outsider Shakes Up the Art Scene in Silicon Valley'
Forbes, September 2019 ‘Silicon Valley’s Favorite Artist’
The Post Eagle, Oct 2019 ' Miami Art Week To Feature Works of Agnieszka Pilat'
Times Square Chronicles, September 2019 ‘An Artist Who Brings Technology to Life’
Bay Area Women Mag, May 2019, 'Technology Storyteller'
Cultbytes, November 2018 ‘The Artist That Became the Darling of SF’s Tech Elite’