As the planet is in a holding pattern there is one thing that does not stop – art.
All across the planet artists are keeping emotions alive in mediums of canvases, marble, paper and more. To see their work eases the strain and heartache in people from coast to coast. Top artists continue to express themselves through social media, personal design and online art exhibits. In the recent past some have had their work featured in Netflix films and even used by top fashion houses like Dior and Prada to assemble decorative storefronts. The world may be on pause, but they continue to keep positive and thrive in their own right all from home.
Great work lives on such as by Piotr Bak, who has numerous projects and works with world-renowned drawing and painting techniques. Bak is also the co-author of many polychromes European churches.
Claudio Kaczka is a successful artist and founder of the sensational BIRKA. Dior, Dolce & Gabana, Prada, Caroline Herrera, Givenchy, Apple, MAC Tom Ford have all used his talents in the past. BIRKA has completed over 700 projects for top name, influential luxury brands.
Miguel Paredes, who is an artist and urban realist, combines the exhilarating sense of New York graffiti with pure technical, trained skill. He draws inspiration from notorious pop artists like Andy Warhol and Keith Haring while being plunged headlong into the world of graffiti and pop art taking the name “Mist” as his moniker.
And setting off further trends is Agnieszka Pilat. Born in Poland, she moved to America and completed her first residency in 2017 at Wrightspeed.
Pilat’s artwork with Silicon Valley tech companies and executives provides a humanizing vision for future technologies. Her heroic portraits of technology appropriate the tradition of royal portraiture to evoke the power that machines command in human society today.
The painter was a coveted guest speaker at the 2018 Women of X conference (formerly Google X). Her art can be found in public and private collections in United States, South America, China and Europe
Examples of Pilat’s work include “Apollo” (from Steve Jurvetson collection: the CO2 air scrubber that famously saved the lives of Apollo 13 astronauts); “Lady in Blue” (from SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory: quadrupole magnets used to focus the electron beam in particle accelerators); “Amazing Grace” (Univac’s Mercury Delay Line Memory from The Computer History Museum) and “Planet Bear” (Waymo lidar technology, painting in Yuri Milner’s private collection).
Just this last year her work was featured in the Netflix film “The Laundromat” with Academy-Award winning Actress Meryl Streep and Oscar nominee Antonio Banderas. Next up is a secret project that will certainly be a momentous occasion around the world in cinema.
As humans we are lucky to have these artists guiding our days and bringing us light. They are helping walk us through the rough patches by bringing beauty to the planet. Now more than ever we must support artists as they support us.
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