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A Visual Commentary on American Culture
Obdulio Piloto b.1978
ARTIST STATEMENT: American mainstream culture is hedonistic, empty, and devoid of critical thinking, driven by a singular capitalistic engine. Attention-grabbing sensationalism confirms underlying biases that narrow one’s horizon. Everyone, no matter how poorly informed, feels entitled to have a seat at the table. Opinions are held as truths, pleasure is confused with reason. An “internet influencer’s” dress is front-page news, whereas scientific discoveries and academic breakthroughs draw little or no attention. People consume the empty calories of these curated false gods while becoming increasingly dissatisfied with their lives. Being famous for the sake of being famous is the new nirvana.
Molecular self-portraits, digital compositions.
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ABOUT THE ARTIST
Obdulio Piloto B. 1978 - American.
Dr. Obdulio Piloto (b. 1978) is an American artist-scientist-inventor known for pioneering the Molecular Portrait as a visual language to explore themes of human identity, particularly the essence of humanity.
Born and raised in a traditional Cuban family in Hialeah, Florida – humble beginnings exposed him to the realities of human challenges. Losing his great-grandmother to cancer at the age of 8, initiated his interest in the sciences and urged his lifelong mission to find solutions for one of the world’s most devastating diseases. His natural brilliance and determination earned him a place at Cornell University, he obtained a Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins University Medical School and pursued post-graduate research at Stanford University.
Both art and science play a symbiotic role in his practice. His artworks depict people as deconstructed mixtures of molecules in a 70-spot molecular portrait; an avant-garde series of works that reimagine our entire humanity by reminding us of the interconnectedness of all things, of our place in the universe, and the need of unleashing humanity’s full potential to create a more hopeful future.
Through this visual language, he explores technological displacement as automation, gene editing, artificial intelligence, and extreme wealth inequality take shape in our society, probing the vulnerabilities of the existential human condition.
His work is often political, creating a dialogue between the technological and ideological differences between the East and West and their quest for technological supremacy, and is highly critical of American mainstream culture. His work always revisits the influence of science throughout history and creates parallels that challenge new forms of remembering the past, as he hopes to inspire new ways of imagining the future. He strongly believes the future does not exist, and it is up to us to create it.
His artworks are held in the private collections of Nobel Laureates, business tycoons, venture capitalists, futurists, and supporters. Slowly gaining institutional support. He currently works with Peter Thiel’s Breakout Labs, Singapore’s Temasek Laboratories, and Bill Gates’ Global Good.