Mark Obra had become an aspirant to what is categorized as a “Complete Man”.
In contrast to the Renaissance Man who is knowledgeable in almost all practical disciplines related to the arts and sciences, the Complete Man is exposed to and utilizes just the right mix in order to create what can only be described as signature pieces.
The Guardian puts it nicely, quoting Ferrari in his book “The Furniture of Carlo Mollino”:
“According to Fulvio Ferrari, he was a complete man: “He continued the tradition of those eclectic Italian Renaissance artists whose work expressed the harmonious coming-together of science and art, logic and poetry, beauty and practicality.” Unlike them, though, he got to photograph beautiful women, write a really good guidebook about downhill skiing, crash aeroplanes and race at Le Mans. Leonardo and Michelangelo, for all their sublime talents, never left such a legacy.”
His portfolio includes all manner of visualizations for designed structures and furnishings, an archive on technology spanning the last half decade, a steadily growing gallery of photographic expression, and an allusion to his professional practice.