Five questions to Martin Kuča

Five questions to Martin Kuča

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Martin Kuča is a Prague-based painter and a designer. Kuča combines the traditional brush strokes with spills, drips, and scrapes using unconventional instruments such as scrapers, skewers, spatulas and other brush alternatives. Especially intriguing is his method of imprinting a second painting onto the canvas, resulting in his captivating multi-part pieces. How did you get into art?

Art has always been part of my life. My very first memory is of me and my granddad sitting on a beach in Croatia looking at the sea and him painting the scenery. 

Additionally, my dad used to be an illustrator and graphic designer and both him and my mum are architects.

Throughout my childhood, I took various art classes, from painting and drawing through ceramics and even piano lessons. Eventually, I pursued a career in product design However, as I honed my skills in design, I found it became more about solving business problems. I yearned for a creative outlet, something tangible and analog. After exploring various artistic avenues, I returned to painting. It’s what I had always enjoyed since childhood, it’s therapeutic, it’s about composition and colours as well as polishing your craft. I simply love it.

How would you describe your style? What makes your art special?

In short? I paint layered abstraction with captivating liquid silhouettes as the focal point of my artworks.How do you go about developing your work?

I typically begin with a specific concept I want to convey - a feeling, a moment, an experience, an opinion, a stance. I delve deep into what that concept means to me and contemplate how I want to translate my perspective onto the canvas. From there, I envision the final result, what parts of it I want to be dominant, and how I can get there. 

One thing that is dear to me are the individual layers that contribute to the end result. Even if a portion of the painting is eventually covered, I want each layer to stand on its own.Who or what influences you? 

Mostly architecture, animals and nature, music, films, foreign cultures and life itself really. 

It’s always the everyday experiences that sprout reasons to paint in me so I just make a case to get out and do things.What are you planning to do next?

I just got back from Japan and so my upcoming art will definitely reflect that experience. Japan has always been very close to my heart, you might see it in my art already. I even somewhat speak the language and this year was finally the year for me to go. That will be my biggest influence in my work for a while now. Instagram