“Pfeifer is very specific about what he can and can’t, will and will not do. It’s a specificity that comes out of his role as a “medium” for his subjects, open to being molded by and transmitting their ideas but also subject to his own limitations and constraints.”

“But the core of Pfeifer’s value proposition to his Brazilian subjects is to expose these religious and spiritual leaders to the wider world through the episodes themselves. “Speak through me and I will give you a global audience,” as he puts it, in what itself sounds like fairly biblical phrasing.”

“A society that is functional but there are always weak points that can be attacked and it’s by understanding your own body and your own society that you can protect that weak spot.”

“Pfeifer’s pluralist vision for his work extends to a vision for society at large: “I would wish for a society where every individual can articulate their vision rather than one of 100,000 people endorsing someone to speak for them.”

“I’m happy to listen to people but I will not listen to only one person,” says Pfeifer.

Alexander Forbes, “Up and Coming: Why Artist Mario Pfeifer’s Method Might Just Change the World,” Artsy Editorial, April 13. 2016, accessed May 2, 2016.

“…To make such art–art that refracts the world back to people in some meaningful way, and that illuminates human nature with sympathy and insight–it is not necessary to be a religious believer. Michelangelo certainly was; Leonardo da Vinci certainly was not. But it is necessary to have some sort of larger system of belief, a larger structure of continuity that permits works of art to speak across time. Without such a belief system, all that one can hope for is short-term gain, in the coin of celebrity or notoriety, if not actual coins.”

Michael J. Lewis, “How Art Became Irrelevant,” Commentary Magazine, July 1, 2015, accessed July 2, 2015.