175. Agnieska Pilat On Machine Portraits, Robot Apprentices, and Her Unique Spin On Fitness

Agnieska Pilat is a globally renowned fine artist and technological portraitist. Inspired by the portraiture of traditional European depictions of royalty, but instead of capturing people, Agnieska paints the groundbreaking technology and machines that have catapulted our world into the modern age. She arranges  20th and 21st century machinery in formal compositions, to evoke the power that machines command in human society today. Like royal portrayals of noble ancestry, her portraits conceptually trace the lineage of 21st century robotics and artificial intelligence back to the steam-powered mechanisms of the Industrial Revolution.

On this episode, I chat with Agnieska about her unique vision and work, where her passion for painting began, the inspiration behind her work, how immigrating from communist Poland to America has shaped her perspective around entrepreneurship and the business aspect of being an artist. Agnieska shares her artistic processes and syncs up with me about the incredible and challenging realities of forging a name in the art world.  We talk about her recent Artist-in- Residnce at Silver Art Projects at We talk all about her apprentice and robot, Spot, and a new series she has been developing, B70, with Boston Dynamics, and of course, we talk about her unique approach on how she gets here workouts in!

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