Oravetz Arts


An artists note about robots.


Robots are rather peculiar creatures, to say the least.
Since robots are created by us, they retain a certain familiarity and humanity. Naturally robots have been created in our own image, albeit crudely at times. In the way that a painter often paints a portrait, he will naturally veer towards the idealized perception of his subject, erasing the flaws and imperfections until a beautiful rendering is complete. In the case of robots, we have striven to paint their portrait over and over again in different lights and with a varied palette. Each new generation of robot breeds another obsessive step in our attempt at perfection since we cannot be perfect ourselves. So, if we can never be perfect than robots will never be either. Then again, if any of our creations might surpass us it will likely be a robot with artificial intelligence. As much as that prospect may give us anxiety it also gives us hope. Hope that their bright future could ultimately be our salvation; much like that of a parent and its offspring.

However, perfection is not necessarily the loftiest of goals. Especially so if we intend to interact with them, or for that matter, construct a form of artificial intelligence. The human mind, along with the world we live in, is static and full of idiosyncrasies. The best way for robots to deal with the reality of this world is to find ways of programming them with versions of our emotions; empathy, happiness, curiosity, gratitude, hope, remorse to name a few. Perhaps the most important characteristic we might have in common with robots is our ability to make mistakes and learn from them. Often, in our popular culture robots are portrayed as cold, calculating and unemotional. This is an alarming prediction of our future with robots and is certainly not fixed. We might do well to raise them the way we raise a pet or even a child, with love and respect. Simply put: Robots are tools. Although complex in their making, these tools are clean slates with the versatile potential of both the  ‘pen’ and the ‘sword’. It is up to us to decide which legacy is mightier.

As this series has evolved over the years, so have the robots themselves. Each new drawing reveals another wonderfully nostalgic moment illustrating the human condition. They remain incredibly endearing, kind, witty, honest and remarkably innocent. Long live the Robots!

Peter Oravetz, the creator of “Robots!”, is a working artist and published illustrator living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 2004 he graduated with honors from Montserrat College of Art, where he received a Bachelors degree in Fine Arts. Presently, he is pursuing another illustrated series entitled “Catastrophe”, a Robots! book for kids and developing/co-producing an unrelated independent animation.

-Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, Massachusetts
-BFA with Dean’s Honors (3.68 cum. GPA) 2004
-Major: Fine Arts with a concentration in Sculpture
-Faculty award for outstanding senior in Fine Arts major
-Faculty award for outstanding senior in Liberal Arts (co-recipient)

Exhibitions 2001-2010
-Montserrat Open House: Annual Juried Exhibition
-Exhibited annually 2001-2004
-Montserrat Sculpture Show: Annual Juried Exhibition
-2003 “Gravity Opposition” 1st place prize: work photographed for Montserrat Archives
-2004 “Tower I” Concrete, photographed for archives
-“Diaspora” (Senior Thesis Exhibition) Group show
-“Market of the River Dragon” Privately commissioned mural, Philadelphia PA
-“Small Worlds” The Plastic Club Artists Studio and Gallery, Philadelphia PA
-“Oasiscape” Private Mural commissioned by Nikki Keach, Ardmore, PA summer 2005/ summer 2006
-“African Waterfall” Private mural restoration commissioned by Mary Dawson, Wynnefield PA, Winter 2006
-“Trainosaurus” Private mural commissioned by Sabine and David Shaman, West Chester PA, Spring 2006
-“Low Brow Art Show” Art Exhibition at the North Star Bar, Philadelphia PA, winter 2007
-“Fairmount Arts Crawl” Art exhibition at the North Star Bar, Philadelphia PA, spring 06,07,08,09,10

Solo Exhibitions
– The Slingluff Gallery 2009
– The Flying Saucer Coffee House 2010
– North Bowl 2010
– Mugshots Coffee 2010
– Soy Cafe 2011
– The home of Miranda Hitzemann 2011
-Mugshots Coffee 2013
-The American Sardine Bar 2014
-Mount Airy Performing Arts Center March/April 2015

Craft Shows /Makers Events
-The Spring Art Star Craft Bazaar 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
-The Fall Art Star Craft Bazaar 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
-Headhouse Festival 2013
-Art for the Cash Poor 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
-Trenton Ave. Arts Festival 2014
-Art Star Pop-Up Market at Spruce St. Harbor Park 2014
-The Makers Ferstival 2015

-Craft Bang Boom 2016

-Fall Fest 2016


Group Shows
Participating Artist:
-Street Glitter Gallery 2014
Participating Artist:
-Dirty Art Show February 2015
Dual show
-The Art Department Gallery February 2015
Dual show
-Chapterhouse Café and Gallery July 2015

-Space1026 June 2016

Cover Artist:
-Kugelmass , A Journal of Literary Humor 2012

-Banango Street, A literary Journal Fall 2016
Featured Artist:
-Anti Poetry, online poetry journal May issue #125
Featured Artist:
-Atlas Review, literary magazine Issue 4
Participating Artist:
-“The Starship” Illustrated Epic by Sarah Blake, web publication