Agnieszka Pilat
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About Agnieszka Pilat
Polish born artist, Agnieszka Pilat studied painting and illustration at the Academy of Art in San Francisco, CA. She is an award-winning artist and her works can be found in public and private collections in the United States, South America, China, and Europe. Pilat is currently artist in residence at USS Hornet Museum and guest artist at Autodesk Accelerator Lab in San Francisco. She lives and maintains a full-time studio in San Francisco and is represented by numerous galleries throughout the United States.

Pilat’s work does not merely challenge the viewing public. For a long time, machines were held in contempt within the art establishment. Their presence was seen as fundamentally undermining the values of the gallery circuit. As both a product and enabler of mass production, machines were seen to destroy the individuality of expression treasured in traditional artworks. Thus, by asking galleries to display works that celebrate machines, Pilat also challenges the art establishment by referencing the tumultuous relationship between fine art and technology.

By painting machines, she reclaims a uniqueness from the mass produced through her handling of paint. However, this conflict is not apparent at first glance, and there appears to be nothing revolutionary about the subjects of #disrupt. Old and worn, the machines seem a bizarre juxtaposition with such a highly charged title. The cool color palettes of the abandoned machinery lend the paintings both a stillness and a certain melancholy. Having once made our lives better, older machines become outdated and forgotten in much the same way as dispossessed factory workers. Machines themselves may become victims of technological advancement. Living and working in the bay area of Silicone Valley, Pilat is witness to the continuous turnover of technology. Her work reminds us that for every innovation, the march of progress takes new casualties.
Education
2014, BFA, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA
Events
Selected Press
2019 Atlas Society, Gears, Jeers and Relationship Fears, April Issue
2018 Cultbytes, Pilat: The Artist Who Became The Darling of Tech Elites, November Issue
2017 Art Aesthetics, ‘Time in the Works of Agnieszka Pilat’, February Issue
2017 Creative Push, Interview with Youngman Brown, March Issue
2016 The Artist Magazine, Make Fine Art Your Focus, May Issue
2015 Celebrating Art of Women by Women, October Issue
2015 American Art Collector, The Figure in Art, December Issue
2015 American Art Collector, The Artist Focus Special, October Issue
2015 Coker College Press, Pilat Painting Exhibition, October Issue

Selected Collections
Coker College, Hartsville, SC
The Rochester Museum of Fine Arts, Rochester NH
Farmington Museum, Farmington NM
Consulate General of the Republic of Poland, Los Angeles, CA
Google HQ, Mountain View, CA
Exhibitions
Selected Shows
2019 Romantic Perception, Building Bridges Art Exchange, Los Angeles, CA
2018, Solo Exhibition, X HQ, Mountain View, CA
2017 Farmington Museum, Gateway to Imagination Group Show, Farmington NM
2017 Solo Exhibition, Gold Gallery, Boston, MA
2016 Oil Painters of America, 25th Annual National Exhibition, Southwest Gallery, Dallas, TX
2016 Sutter 625, Time Deconstructed, Solo Exhibition, San Francisco, CA
2015 Cecylia Bell Gallery, A Moral Code, Solo Exhibition, Hartsville,
2015 Art Comes Alive, ADC, Cincinnati, OH
2015 OPA 24th Annual Exhibition, Cutter & Cutter Fine Art St. Augustine, Florida
2015 Rochester Museum of Fine Arts Biennial
2015 Las Laguna Gallery, Holding Moments Group Show, Laguna Beach, CA
2015 La Luz de Jesus, Laluzapalooza Group Show, Los Angeles, CA
2015 After Dark IV - A National Juried Gallery Exhibition Greg Moon Art ,Taos, New Mexico
2015 Studio Gallery, Tiny Group Show, San Francisco, CA
2015 National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils, St. Augustine, FL
2014 Spring Natonal Oil and Acrilic Painters Exhibit, Bolivar, MO
2014 The Cannery, A Moral Code, Solo Exhibition, San Francisco, CA
2014 AAU Spring Show, San Francisco, CA
2014 Richeson 75 Figure/Portrait Juried Show, Kimberly, WI
2014 Charvin Winter Paining Contest, Raleigh, NC
2013 AAU Spring Show, San Francisco, CA
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