Few people have had a life story like John Pitre’s. He’s an artist and inventor whose creations have broken sales records and revolutionized the fields of art, fitness and environmental technology. Despite this, he’s yet to become a household name—though that may soon change.
Born in New York in 1942 and educated at New York City’s prestigious Art Students League, Pitre began his career as a surrealist painter and has been a significant influence in the art world for more than 40 years. He is one of the most widely published artists in modern history.
Pitre’s surreal fantasy artwork went viral before social media was even a thing. His best-known works include “Restrictions” (which has sold more than 7 million copies in print) and “Split World,” which portrays the struggle of nature against industrial expansion and pollution—common themes in Pitre’s work.
Like Leonardo Da Vinci, Pitre also studied human anatomy. Pitre used his knowledge to design two of the most successful fitness products of all time—the ROM (Range of Motion machine) and Time Works. You’ve probably seen the infomercials over the years. These two products earned sales in excess of $400 million.
Pitre also invented a new artist paint called Genesis, a high-tech oil paint that remains wet until heated. Genesis is sold worldwide.
Not content to be just another world-class painter and multimillion-dollar inventor, in 2005 Pitre founded Natural Power Concepts, a technology development company dedicated to supporting sustainable energy. NPC’s patent portfolio boasts more than 200 breakthrough concepts in clean energy solutions, and the company licenses to global partners worldwide—including the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratories. Pitre acts as president, lead inventor, designer and engineer.
Throughout his career, Pitre has used imagination, knowledge and uncanny foresight to identify and address the problems of our era. The 75-years-young Renaissance man lives in Hawaii, where in his spare time he enjoys scuba diving and aviation (he designs his own aircraft, of course).
So what’s next for John Pitre? Who knows? Maybe soon, he’ll save the world.