The concept art chat show
Talking heads Find out why Maciej Kuciara’s started an online talk show for artists and creative industry types
Maciej Kuciara is a concept artist based in LA who’s worked on films like Captain America: Civil War and Ghost in the Shell. But rather than just enjoy his success, he’s giving back with Art Cafe TV: a live video podcast where he chats to artists across the industry. “With early episodes I just invited friends and artists I knew,” he says. “Then I started reaching out to others whose ideas and stories could benefit the audience.” The focus is on informing and educating, he emphasises. “I try hard to remain focused on meaningful conversation, making sure it’s engaging to the audience,” says Maciej. “It can be pretty stressful, but one or two hours flies past faster than you might think.”
Across 70 episodes to date he’s interviewed names like Bobby Chiu, Andy Park, Anthony Jones and David Levy. But Maciej, who’s also co-founder of art education school Learn Squared, also includes a range of industry personalities. “In this crazy world, people like to go tribal and only hear others who confirm their own agenda,” he says. “Having different guests makes me a better critical thinker.”
You can catch Maciej’s podcast by visiting www.artcafe.tv.
Maciej’s illustration is used as the main template artwork for Art Cafe TV’s homepages on Patreon and YouTube pages. Here are just a few of the many talented artists that Maciej’s has talked to on his podcast – they’re still available to delve into online. This piece created by Maciej and used as a holding screen is rather appropriately, entitled Show Time.
Maciej’s Ninja Scroll fan art: “I’d rather do things that I’m passionate about, instead of just for business.”