The con­cept art chat show

Talk­ing heads Find out why Ma­ciej Ku­ciara’s started an on­line talk show for artists and cre­ative in­dus­try types

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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.”

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